Category Archives: Ethiopian Airlines

Boeing dedicates $50 million of pledged $100 million to near-term relief for families of the victims of the Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accidents

Boeing has made this announcement:

Boeing has announced that it has dedicated $50 million of a previously announced $100 million fund to provide near-term financial assistance to families of the victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302 accidents.

Boeing also announced that it has retained Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, renowned experts in establishing and overseeing victims’ compensation funds, to design and administer the fund.

“The tragic loss of life in both accidents continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we have the utmost sympathy for the loved ones of those on board,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “Through our partnership with Feinberg and Biros, we hope affected families receive needed assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The $50 million fund represents the initial expenditure of a $100 million pledge by Boeing to address family and community needs of those affected by the accidents. All monies distributed by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros will be independent from any resolution provided through the legal process.

“We are honored to take on this important assignment of providing needed financial relief to the families of these two tragedies,” added Kenneth Feinberg.

Co-Administrator Camille Biros continued, “We know how important it is to assist the families of the victims who have endured a personal tragedy and will work to design and administer the fund and distribute the money as efficiently and expeditiously as possible.”

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Note: Meanwhile all of the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes in the world remain grounded and out of service.


Ethiopian Cargo is now flying to Chongqing, China

Ethiopian Cargo (Ethiopian Airlines) Boeing 777-F60 ET-ARI (msn 42032) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946944.

Ethiopian Cargo is now connecting Chongqing, the largest municipality in Southwest China with Africa and South America with a weekly cargo flight as of June 26, 2019.

The route passes through Shanghai – Chongqing – Delhi – Addis Ababa – Lagos – Sao Paulo – Quito – Miami, connecting the main destinations of the three continents which cover a population of more than 3 billion people.

Ethiopian will be operating Boeing 777F freighter on the route and initially fly once in a week.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Ethiopian Cargo (Ethiopian Airlines) Boeing 777-F60 ET-ARI (msn 42032) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946944.

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Ethiopian makes its inaugural flight to Marseille

Ethiopian Airlines commenced thrice weekly flights to Marseille, France on July 2, 2019.

The new service was inaugurated at a colorful event held in the VIP Salon at Addis Ababa International Airport in the presence of H. E. Mr. Frédéric Bontems, French Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia and Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO, both of whom were onboard the inaugural flight.

Members of the diplomatic community in Addis Ababa together with other invited guests graced the event. Cake cutting and champagne toast ceremony was held to mark the event.

Ethiopian Airlines has been flying to Paris since 1971.

Ethiopian to launch flight to Garowe, Somalia

Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced the launch of its flight to Garowe, Somalia, via Bossaso, Somalia effective July 15, 2019.

The flight schedule to Garowe, Somalia is as per the below:


Flight Number


Departure Airport

Departure time


Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Sub Fleet


ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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Ethiopian launched its debut flight to Somalia, Mogadishu 4 decades ago.

Ethiopian brings Champion League fans to Madrid

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to have served fans of the globally renowned British football teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their travel to Madrid where the teams played for Champions League final match.

Ethiopian deployed three chartered flights from London, Liverpool and Manchester carrying the fans to Madrid.

All photos by Ethiopian Airlines.


Bloomberg: Long before Boeing 737 MAX crash, Ethiopian pilot warned of dangers

From Bloomberg:

An Ethiopian Airlines pilot warned his management that more training and better communications was needed at the company before the tragic crash. Read the full story.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Ethiopian Airlines pushes back on criticism of its pilots, states the Boeing 737 MAX has a problem

Ethiopian's first MAX 8, delivered on July 1, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines is pushing back strongly against criticism that its pilots were to blame for the tragic MAX accident.

The airline issued this statement:

Although we don’t want to comment on the investigation as it is still going on and we believe it is too early to comment, we would like to highlight some factual statements based on the preliminary report of the accident investigation.

Ethiopian airlines has the largest Aviation Academy in Africa with the most modern training devices and facilities of global standards which is accredited by all required national, regional and international regulatory agencies. Ethiopian Airlines is among the very few airlines in the world and the only one in Africa which has acquired and operates the Boeing 737 MAX 8 full flight simulator. However, it’s very unfortunate that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 simulator was not configured to simulate the MCAS operation by the aircraft manufacturer.

Ethiopian requirement for command position is over 3500 hours which is way above the FAA requirement of 1500 hours. In this case ET302 captain has a total of over 8000 hours of which 3445 hours is on Boeing 737NG. He was upgraded to commander position with over 6500 total hours. The First Officer was a graduate of Ethiopian Aviation Academy after successfully completing the required training per ICAO standards for the Commercial Pilot License and gone through the type rating training on Boeing 737NG and Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training on Boeing 737 MAX 8 before he is assigned as co-pilot and he has exceeded the minimum ICAO requirement.

The preliminary accident investigation report, which has been conducted by a joint team from Ethiopia, USA, France and EASA, has made it abundantly clear that the Ethiopian Airlines’ pilots have followed the procedures of the aircraft manufacturer.

Any effort that is being made to divert public attention from the flight control system problem of the airplane is a futile exercise because it is not based on factually correct analysis.

The fact that the entire world have grounded more than 370 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes speaks loud and clear that the airplane has a problem.

It is important to refer to the safety recommendation part of the aircraft accident investigation preliminary report, which says:

• Since the repetitive un-commanded aircraft nose down conditions are noticed in this preliminary investigation it is recommended that the aircraft flight control system related to flight controllability shall be reviewed by the manufacturer.
• Aviation Authorities shall verify that the review of the aircraft flight control system related to flight controllability has been adequately addressed by the manufacturer before the release of the aircraft to operations.

We would also like to focus on the following facts:
• The automated anti stall feature (MCAS) was not known by airlines and pilots until after the Lion Air accident.
Even after the Lion Air accident the bulletin released by Boeing and the FAA airworthiness directive did not mention MCAS at all.
It was a major failure that the MCAS was designed to be automatically activated by a single source of information (Only one angle of attack sensor).
• Although the pilots followed the procedures as stipulated in the bulletin and the airworthiness directive none of the expected warnings appeared in the cockpit which deprived the pilots of necessary and timely information on the critical phase of the 6 minutes flight.
• As per the preliminary report, there is no evidence of any foreign object damage (bird strike or any other object) on the angle of attack sensor.

Since flight safety is our collective priority and should not be compromised by any means and not a single life should be at risk, we strongly believe that the recommendations made by the preliminary report should be fully implemented.

Ethiopian Airlines would like to assure all concerned that it will continue to cooperate with the investigation authorities.

Top Copyright Photo: One of the grounded MAX 8s: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVM (msn 62446) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 942621.

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