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Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia and is headquartered at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. It is often referred to as just, Ethiopian.

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Ethiopian Airlines was established on 21st December 1945. On 8th April, 1946, the aviation company commenced operations with its first scheduled flight to Cairo via Asmara in a Douglas C-47 Skytrain. The airline was set up as Ethiopian Airlines Inc. The deal was finalized through a joint venture with an American airline, Trans World Airlines (TWA).  It is now fully owned by the Government of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Air has won several awards; some of the notable ones are as follows:

  • On 17th July2012, it was awarded with the Transformation Award 2012 by Planet Africa Network in Toronto
  • On 30th April 2012, it received Airline Reliability Performance Award from the Bombardier Aerospace
  • On 24th February 2011, it received the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award at the Air Cargo Africa 2011 Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya

Connectivity and Fleet Information

The airline offers services to various destinations within Africa and other countries across the world. The current strength of the fleet, which includes owned as well as leased aircraft, stands at 54. It operates the youngest fleet in Africa.


The airline provides an extensive range of entertainment options, which includes the latest Hollywood film releases and gives you a wide choice of audio programs. Besides, there is a series of 30 different films on-board that highlight the fascinating history of Ethiopia.

The carrier’s frequent flyer program, called ShebaMiles allows its members to accumulate miles, which entitle them to various benefits like award tickets, award upgrades, access to executive lounges, additional free baggage allowance; etc.

Baggage Allowance and Web Check-In

The Ethiopian Airlines baggage allowance policy is set by weight or piece. The maximum weight limit for a single piece of luggage is 32 kgs for business class and 23 kgs for economy class on all flights across the Atlantic. For complete details on baggage policies, please click here.

With the Ethiopian Airlines online check-in facility, you may now select the seat of your choice and print your boarding pass, too. This facility is available from 48 hours up to 2 hours before departure for all international flights and from 24 hours up to 2 hours before departure for all domestic ones. To proceed with Ethiopian Airlines Web check-in, please click here.

For information on Ethiopian Airlines customer service or contact number, please click here.

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With Cleartrip, you may make your Ethiopian Airlines bookings for both single and return journeys for business, economy or first class air travel. By entering your debit or credit card details, you may make your booking with ease.

Finally, you must find out if your air ticket is confirmed or on waiting list. Cleartrip also helps you to ascertain your Ethiopian Airlines PNR status.

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Ethiopian Air Airlines top sectors

The top sectors for Ethiopian Air Airlines are Addis Ababa to Makale , Makale to Addis Ababa where it operates 28, 28, 21 and 21 weekly flights respectively. Top international sectors of Ethiopian Air include Nairobi to Addis Ababa , Addis Ababa to Nairobi , Khartoum to Addis Ababa and Addis Ababa to Entebbe . They also have occasional flights from Kilimanjaro to Addis Ababa, Lilongwe to Addis Ababa and Blantyre to Addis Ababa flights. Find more route here -

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