Ethiopian airline is flag carrier of Ethiopia, fourth largest African airline and member of star alliance and wholly operated by Ethiopian Government. The airline started their operation in 1945 purchasing British Airways aircrafts and increased their fleet in short time span. Airline made their maiden flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo in May, 1946. Ethiopian Airline’s second international fight route was opened in 1963 commencing first flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Ethiopian airlines transport millions of passengers from United Kingdom to Africa, mainly from London to Harare Zimbabwe and London to Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Other famous destinations in Africa are Entebbe, Lusaka, Luanda, Bujumbura, Lilongwe, Dar-ES-Salam, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Kinshasa, Kilimanjaro, Khartoum, Enugu, Johannesburg, Hargeisa, Djibouti, Cape Town, Brazzaville,Blantyre and Abidjan.
Ethiopian airlines main hub is Bole international airport Addis Ababa where its operates to 20 domestic and over 100 international destinations across the world.
Ethiopian airlines Check-in :
Airport check-in open three hours before departure, and close one hour before. Ethiopian airlines online check-in is another easiest way to speed the things up. You can check in online from 48 hours before departure up until two hours before departure on international flights. Simply use your booking reference number or e-tickets numbers to pull up your flight details, submit the advance passenger information and print out your boarding passes.
Ethiopian airline terminal:
Ethiopian airlines departs from London Heathrow terminal 2 Passengers are advised to report at check-in desk with sufficient time to sort out baggage issues in-case of prohibited items in bags or excess luggage. Passengers are also encouraged to use Kiosk self-service booths at airports to save their time and avoid long queues
Ethiopian Airlines flight routes:
Ethiopian airline tickets are usually affordable and flights are operated via shortest routes, saving plenty of time and money as compare to other airlines. The airline has remained unchallenged on its Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya route in terms of its popularity and number of passengers. Ethiopian Airline convers almost every destination in Africa, America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Ethiopian airlines significantly growing numbers of turn over from 2003 to 2016 shows its popularity and demand between travellers.
Ethiopian airlines offers economy and business class cabins in their planes. Complementary drinks are served on board, as well as mixed variety of food is available in long haul flights. Ethiopian children meal is carefully created keeping in mind the health of children and younger passengers. You can also pre-order special meal to be served during the flight if you have any food allergies. Fresh seasonal fruits, fine quality wines , delicious desserts are designed to stimulate and satisfy your appetite. Ethiopian airline has a wide range of children cartoons, movies and TV programmes in their entertainment library. Comfortable reclining seats are fitted into economy cabins however business class customers can enjoy sleeper seats with extra leg room space.
Mission and Operation:
Ethiopian Airline’s Mission is to be first choice to its passengers and play a significant role in social and economic development of Ethiopia and rest of the countries it travels to. The management takes care of safety and comfort of the passengers very seriously. There are over 8500 employees worldwide who control and run the operations smoothly. Ethiopian airline owns 76 aircrafts and 42 more to join the fleet. The airline have a proven track record of dedication and hard working and won 40 awards in last 9 years on the basis of performance in different categories.
As a star alliance members, Ethiopian airlines have code shared contract with over 20 international airlines, including Brussels airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore airlines, Turkish airlines and united airlines. These airlines code share their flights in order to cover maximum destinations.
ShebaMiles is Ethiopian’s Frequent Flyer Program which is open to everyone above the age of 2 years. Members collect miles to upgrade their tickets, buy extra baggage, access business class lounges and priority check-in at airports. The more miles the members fly the higher the benefits they get from ShebaMiles.
There are three tier levels, Blue, Silver and Gold. The number of Status Miles or sectors flown annually determines the membership level. ShebaMiles has teamed up with several airlines and non-airline partners to create a world of choices for members to accumulate miles.