Category Archives: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Cargo launches trans-Pacific cargo flight from Seoul (Incheon) to Atlanta via Anchorage

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, the Largest Cargo Network Operator in Africa, has launched Trans-Pacific routes, extending from Seoul (Incheon) to Atlanta via Anchorage effective November 9,  2020. Ethiopian operates Boeing 777-200F freighters, one of the most technologically advanced aircraft on the route, offering a remarkable freight service to our cargo forwarding customers worldwide with reduced flight hour, seamless connectivity and better payload.

Ethiopian Airlines has been a key enabler in the global effort to conquer COVID-19 by facilitating the shipment of life-saving medical supplies to different parts of the world. Housed within the largest trans-shipment terminal in Africa, the state-of-the-art Pharma Wing of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, has been central to the airline’s effective handling and shipping of medical supplies across the world. Furthermore, it is in full readiness with all its required capabilities for the distribution of potential COVID-19 vaccine during the forthcoming global distribution.

Operating next generation freighters and with Africa’s largest trans-shipment terminal, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services facilitates the export of perishables, garments, mining products, and the import of high value industrial products and inputs, pharmaceuticals, among others across its global network.

De Havilland Canada delivers two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has announced the delivery of another two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, including the airline’s milestone 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft. The 30th aircraft – MSN 4617 – is preparing to depart for Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa, along with aircraft MSN 4615. Ethiopian first welcomed the Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010.

The fleet of over 155 Dash 8 Series aircraft in Africa includes more than 90 Dash 8-400 aircraft. Worldwide, more than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organizations have ordered almost 1,300 Dash 8 aircraft.

 

Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Victoria Falls

Ethiopian Airlines has announced the resumption of its flight services to Victoria Falls, African’s most spectacular natural sites effective October 6, 2020.

Facemasks will be mandatory for travel and are requested to satisfy destination entry requirements such as PCR COVID-19 Clearance certificate issued by the recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidelines.

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Ethiopian to resume flights to Cameroon

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline is resuming service to Duala and Yaoundé as of July 13, 2020.

The service will initially be three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Addis Ababa to Duala via Yaoundé and then back to Addis Ababa.

Further to the resumption of regular service to Dubai and Djibouti, the addition of Duala and Yaoundé will bring the total number of destinations to be served by Ethiopian with enhanced safety measures to 42. As countries continue to open-up their airports for passenger arrival, Ethiopian will announce list of these destinations in due course.

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Ethiopian welcomes back business and leisure customers with emphasis on wellness

Ethiopian Airlines has made this announcement:

During the pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, was the go-to airline for essential travel, repatriation flights and airlift of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE). With the easing of travel restrictions across the globe, Ethiopian is pleased to announce that it’s happy to welcome back business and leisure travelers with programs aimed at safeguarding their health and safety.

The program reinforces Ethiopian pledge to protect the health and safety of its customers and staff. It includes the steps the airline is taking to maintain customer and staff wellbeing through-out the service chain beginning from the first interaction with customers during ticketing/reservation and up to arrival at destination.

Ato Tewolde G. Mariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian, noted that “Ethiopian is proud to be there when the world needed it most – repatriating citizens, re-uniting families, facilitating essential travel and transporting much needed medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health professionals and the general public under very difficult and challenging circumstances. We are proud to be an integral part of the fight against COVID-19. Now we want to play a leading role in the new-normal. To a very large extent, it’s about getting back the confidence of business and leisure travelers. With the protective measures we are taking in line with CDC, IATA, ICAO and WHO guidelines, customers and staff can rest assured that their safety and health are well looked after when flying with us”.

Customers are advised to check travel restrictions of destination countries prior to arriving at the airport for a flight. Facemasks will be mandatory for travel. Except children under the age 2, all customers must keep their masks on throughout their journey.

All customer-facing staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). This includes ticket offices, airport and lounge staff, as well as cabin crew. Onboard service is redesigned to minimize contact while maintaining our African flavored Ethiopian hospitality. Items, such as magazines, menus and other reading materials, that were traditionally shared will no longer be available.

Summary of measures that we’re taking to assure your wellbeing are as follows:

Before Departure:

  • Customers holding tickets purchased before August 31, 2020 and valid for travel until September 30, 2020 can rest assured that their tickets will be valid until 31 December 2021. Customers who have exchanged their tickets for vouchers can utilize the vouchers within one year. Our website and Global Contact Center (GCC) are optimized to handle such requests.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced at all Ethiopian sales offices.
  • Customers are kindly requested to satisfy destination entry requirements such as health certificates and fill health declaration forms if required.   Up to date destination entry requirements can be found on our website using the link https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/travel-updates
  • Customers feeling unwell are strongly encouraged not to travel and travel only when feeling well. Unwell customers will not be allowed to enter the airport and will be denied boarding a flight.
  • All Ethiopian aircraft are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to departing from the hub, and at turnaround stations. 

    At the Airport:

  • Enhanced health screenings including temperature checks will be conducted.
  • To ensure adequate social distancing, markings are placed through-out the terminal building and hand sanitisers will be available for use.
  • Passengers must check in their cabin baggage. They’re allowed to bring on board only essential items such as laptops, handbags, briefcases, and baby items.
  • All checked-in bags will be sanitised before being loaded onto the aircraft.
  • To reduce contact between customers, boarding will be done in an orderly manner by seat-rows starting from the back of the aircraft towards the front. At the Lounge:
  • Physical distancing will be practiced in all Ethiopian owned and operated lounges.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available for use
  • To minimize contact, meal and drink will be self-service in the lounges. Cutlery is sterilized before each use. Onboard:
  • In business class complimentary hygiene kits that include masks, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • In economy masks, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes will be available on demand.
  •  “Comfort items” such as pillows, blankets, headphones, and toys are hygienically sealed.
  • Onboard Lavatories will be sanitized frequently during flight.
  • We have changed our meal service to minimize contact. But the African flavored Ethiopian hospitality you’re accustomed to will continue to be evident throughout. Cutlery is sterilized before each use.
  • Menu’s, Magazines and newspapers will not be available onboard.
  • Crew are trained to handle flight operations in a COVID-19 travel world. 

    As countries continue to open their borders and relax travel restrictions, Ethiopian is ready to increase frequencies to accommodate the demand by focusing on the wellbeing of customers and staff. Ethiopian is happy to welcome back business and leisure travellers.

    It’s good to be back!

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Ethiopian Cargo deploys its “Pharma Wing” in the global fight against COVID-19

"Pharma Wing"

Ethiopian Airlines has made this announcement:

In response to the growing demand for air cargo services following the spread of COVID- 19, Ethiopian has been deploying its massive cargo capacity to facilitate the flow of essential cargo such as medical supplies wherever they are needed.

The state-of-the-art Pharma Wing of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, which is housed within the largest trans-shipment terminal in Africa, has been central to the airline’s effective handling and shipping of medical supplies across Africa and beyond.

Equipped with temperature controlled pharma handling storage covering an area of 54,000 sq. m, the Pharma Wing is suitable for handling medical supplies in different temperature ranges through the use of active containers and real-time temperature monitoring system. Dedicated and trained staff stationed at the facility ensure that all operations are carried out in line with the rules and regulations of IATA and other regulatory bodies throughout the supply chain.

Commenting on the critical role of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services and its facilities amidst the pandemic, Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam remarked, “Ethiopian Airlines has been a key enabler in the global effort to conquer COVID-19 by facilitating the shipment of life-saving medical supplies to different parts of the world. We feel privileged to serve the world in this difficult time deploying our state-of-the-art Pharma Wing as well as our cargo and passenger fleet. Now that Addis Ababa is designated as Humanitarian Air Hub by WFP and WHO owing to our advanced facilities, vast network of 127 international destinations and fleet, we will further bolster our efforts as the leading air cargo service provider in Africa.”

Currently, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is transporting an average 1.4 million kg of temperature-sensitive healthcare products monthly including medicines, biologicals, bio- technologies, diagnostics, vaccines and medical devices among others.

It is to be recalled that different UN Agencies, donor governments and philanthropists are using Addis Ababa as a hub to distribute medical supplies across Africa as part of the global effort to contain COVID-19.

Top Copyright Photo: ET-APU carries “Pharma Wing” sub-titles. Ethiopian Cargo (Ethiopian Airlines) Boeing 777-F6N ET-APU (msn 41817) (Pharma Wing) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 949587.

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Ethiopian Airlines operates its 6th consecutive all-woman flight

Ethiopian Airlines has made yet another history on March 7, 2020 operating an all-women functioned flight to Washington DC. Africa’s Largest Aviation Group and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline has scored the all-female flight crew feat highlighting the airline’s progress in empowering African women, and the contribution of women to the socio-economic development of the continent.

Regarding the all-women functioned flight, Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “Ethiopian firmly believes that such remarkable flights inspire African women and young girls to dream big and realize their dreams not only in aviation, but also in science, technology, engineering, art and other fields. While we celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women in Africa, we take a bold move towards further championing gender equality in Ethiopia and Africa at large.

Ethiopian all-women flight crew flew the Boeing 777 from Addis Ababa to the US capital while other female professionals handled all the ground operations including flight dispatch, load control, ramp operation, on-board logistics, safety and security, catering as well as air traffic control.

As an equal opportunity employer, Ethiopian creates an enabling environment for women to become the next generation aviation experts.

The airline has seen a remarkable rise in the number of women in different leadership positions. Ethiopian has been operating all-female flights since 2015. The airline has so far flown to Bangkok, Kigali, Lagos, Buenos Aires and Oslo with all female crew.

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Reuters: Ethiopian draft report blames Boeing for 737 MAX plane crash

From Reuters:

“A draft interim report from Ethiopian crash investigators circulated to U.S. government agencies concludes the March 2019 crash of a Boeing Company 737 MAX was caused by the plane’s design, two people briefed on the matter said Friday.”

Read the full report.

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Ethiopian Q400 ET-AQC runs off the runway at Juba

Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-AQC operating flight ET 357 from Juba to Addis Ababa on December 10 with 21 passengers and crew members on board overran the runway on takeoff at Juba.

There are no injuries but the aircraft is damaged.

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Ethiopian expands its service in India by adding Bengaluru in its network

Ethiopian Airlines has launched a passenger flight to Bengaluru, India on October 27,  2019.

The capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bengaluru is dubbed ‘Silicon Valley of India’ and serves as the center of technology and innovation.

The four weekly direct flights to Bengaluru will be as per the below schedule:

Currently, Ethiopian operates passenger flights to Mumbai and New Delhi as well as cargo service to Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.

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