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ETH-BUSINESS CLASS 787
FORMED IN 1945 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1946. IT IS THE NATIONAL CARRIER. ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) WAS FOUNDED BY EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 1755
BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
ETHIOPIA (FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1855, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1,104,300 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 62 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ADDIS ABABA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS AMHARIC.
MARCH 1993: 1992 = +$14.7 MILLION (NET PROFIT) (+$10.6 MILLION): +19.6% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +35.7% PASSENGERS (PAX), +41.3% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
OCTOBER 1994: CONTRACT MAINTENANCE FOR (ANG), (TAK), KABO AIR, & SKY AIR CARGO, 707'S & 727'S.
1994 = +$8.6 MILLION (+$44 MILLION): -6.4% (RPK) TRAFFIC, -4.8% PASSENGERS (PAX), +19.3% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
JULY 1995: 1 707-320C, SKY (BELGIUM), 3 MONTH LEASED, WHILE ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) 707 IS IN FOR HEAVY MAINTENANCE.
"C" MAINTENANCE CHECK ON (SKY) 707. "C" CHECK & PAINT, ON (TCL) 727-100C.
OCTOBER 1995: MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) 5 F 50'S, TO REPLACE 2 ATR 42-300'S, 46 PAX.
NEW ROUTE TO DELHI (757).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +$35 MILLION (NET PROFIT): +5.5% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +4% PASSENGERS (PAX), 58.5% LF LOAD FACTOR (+2.8); +15.2% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
JUNE 1996: PLANS TO START OPERATIONS TO TOKYO EARLY NEXT YEAR.
CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
JULY 1996: 1 767-300ER (27255), (GUL) WET-LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1996: ACCDT: A HIJACKED ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) 767-260ER (JT8D-7R4E) (23916, ET-AIZ) OUT OF ADDIS ABABA, RAN OUT OF FUEL, AND CRASHED INTO THE OCEAN NEAR MADAGASCA* = 50 SURVIVORS OF 175. *NORTH OF COMOROS ISLANDS.
FEBRUARY 1997: SEEKING TO LEASE 2 767-300ER'S.
MARCH 1997: TO SELL 757'S, AND LEASE 2 767-300ER'S.
APRIL 1997: MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) 1 767-300ER (PW4000), BABCOCK & BROWN (BBB) 2 YEAR LEASED. ETHIOPIA AIRLINES (ETH) CARRIED OUT MAINTENANCE ON AIR MEMPHIS (MEP) 707-320C.
MAY 1997: 1 767-300ER (PW4056), EX-ROYAL BRUNEI (RBA), BABCOCK & BROWN (BBB) LEASED.
JUNE 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = +$7.33 MILLION/+$13.09 MILLION (NET PROFIT).
5TH F 50 DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1997: BOARD CHAIRMAN MAKES COMPLETE CHANGE OF EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT, FILLED FROM WITHIN AIRLINE.
SEPTEMBER 1997: PLANS TO SELL 757-200ER (NE201)).
OCTOBER 1997: TO KUWAIT (NOW 7 MIDDLE EAST DESTINATIONS).
120 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH: 757: 48 OVER INDIAN OCEAN; 767 21 OVER INDIAN OCEAN, AFRICA, AND TRANS HIMALAYAN.
DECEMBER 1997: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR BIRGINAIR (BIR) 767-200 (OWNED BY KUWAIT (KUW) & 2 YEAR LEASE TO AIR GABON (GBN). (BIR) PLANS TO PURCHASE AIRPLANE FROM (KUW). ALSO, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) CARRIED OUT "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, FOR (LUI) 727, & (GNE) 737-200 "D" CHECK.
FEBRUARY 1998: GUNTER KALDSCHMIDT, (P&W) FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE, EX-JEDDAH.
707-320, GROUNDED SINCE MID-1997, FOR SALE.
100,000 LB, ENGINE TEST CELL OK, FOR (JT3D/8D/9D) & (PW2040)'S.
FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (FMS) ON 737-200 INSTALLATION, & MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 2 BOMBARDIER DASH 8'S (OWNED BY LOCAL BUSINESSMAN).
MARCH 1998: "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, & CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, ON KABO AIR (KAB) 727-200 (5N-LLL). 1 707-138B (N707SK) VIP, "C" CHECK MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR SKYWAYS (SKY). WET-LEASES 2 707F'S.
APRIL 1998: ALTHOUGH (ETH) 707-320 HAS BEEN GROUNDED SINCE MID-1997, & FOR SALE, (ETH) CURRENT NEEDS FOR MORE FREIGHTER LIFT RESULTS IN EXPLORING RE-ENGINING POSSIBLY WITH A USA COMPANY, (JT8D-200) SUPPLEMENTAL TYPE CERTIFICATE (STC), IN EARLY 1999, WHICH ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) MAY OFFER TO DO FOR OTHER AIRLINES.
IN JULY 1998, THE (FAA) WILL CONDUCT AN AUDIT FOR (ETH)'S FOREIGN REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATE RENEWAL.
MAKES COMMITMENT TO EMPLOY BOEING (TBC) DIGITAL PRODUCTS WITH PORTABLE MAINTENANCE AID (PMA) FOR 757/767 THIS YEAR, AND "BOEING ON LINE DATA" (BOLD) IN 1999.
IN JUNE 1998 1ST FLIGHT TO USA, VIA ROME, TO WASHINGTON DC (767-00ER/PW4000 WITH 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS)). TO LUSAKA (757).
MAY 1998: "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP), AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (AD)'S, SUPPLEMENTAL STRUCTURAL INSPECTION DOCUMENT (SSID) MODIFICATIONS ON 707-320F. MAY SELL TO CONGO AIR FORCE. "B" MAINTENANCE CHECK ON INTERNATIONAL AIR TOUR 707.
INCDT: (ETH) 767-300ER (ET-AKW) ON TAKE-OFF AT CAIRO, SHEARS OFF 1 METRE OF EGYPTAIR (EGP) A320 TAIL, EXITING RUNWAY = NO INJURIES. (ETH) 767 LOST 1 METRE OF RIGHT HAND WINGTIP.
JUNE 1998: INCIDENT (INCDT) WITH (ETH) 767 LAST MONTH RESULTED IN THIS AIRPLANE NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR LAUNCH FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON DC, USA. AN A340, (EGP) WET-LEASED, WAS SUBSTITUTED FOR SUMMER, NEW ROUTES TO LUSAKA, ZAMBIA; AND TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.
BORDER DISPUTE WITH ERITREA TO THE NORTH. FLIGHTS TO ASMARA, ERITREA WERE CANCELLED.
SOLD 707 TO CONGO AIR FORCE. ALSO 2 ATR 42'S 5 YEAR LONG TERM LEASE TO CONGO. 2 L100-30'S, AND 1 DH -5 RETURNED TO ETHIOPIAN AIR FORCE. 1 ORDER A340-300, AS BACKUP FOR 767-300 ON USA ROUTE, 3 YEAR LEASE.
PLANS FOR 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) AND REDUCED VERTICAL SEPARATION MINIMUMS (RVSM) ACROSS ATLANTIC WITH 767-300.
JULY 1998: 2 ATR 42-300'S TO (LAC) (ZAI), ZAIRE.
AUGUST 1998: APPLIED FOR EXTENSION OF WASHINGTON DC SERVICE TO INCLUDE NEWARK, VIA ROME (767, 10 FIRST (F), 24 BUSINESS (C), 187 ECONOMY (Y), OR A340-300, 18F, 24C, 209Y).
SEPTEMBER 1998: A340 LEASE PLANS ARE SCRAPPED, DUE TO AIRBUS (EDS) NOT ABLE TO MEET DELIVERY CONDITIONS. 2 ATR 42'S RETURNED. MAY CONVERT TO FREIGHTERS.
OCTOBER 1998: ALTHOUGH ITS LONG TERM PLAN IS TO CONSTRUCT AN ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE HANGAR, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) IS CONSIDERING A TEMPORARY STRUCTURE TO HOLD 2 727'S OR 1 767, COSTING APPROXIMATELY $1 MILLION.
1997 = +102% NET PROFIT.
INSTALLS (TCAS) ON 1 OF 727-200'S AS BACKUP FOR 767-300 TO THE USA.
IN NOVEMBER 1998, TO KHARTOUM & BEIRUT. ADDIS ABABA - ROME - NEWARK - WASHINGTON.
707 TO BE SOLD TO CONGO AIR FORCE.
JANUARY 1999: 1 767-33AER (28043), (AWW) LEASED.
MARCH 1999: AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, MOVED ALL AIRPLANES TO NAIROBI, AFTER HEAVY FIGHTING BROKE OUT ALONG THE NORTH BORDER WITH ERITREA.
1 767-200 WET-LEASED TO AIR GABON (GBN) FOR 1 MONTH.
APRIL 1999: 3,745 EMPLOYEES. SITA: ADDDZET.
MAY 1999: STARTS TO CHANGE CONFIGURATION OF ALL 757/767'S, FROM 3 CLASS TO 2 CLASS.
707-320F FINALLY SOLD TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (ZAR).
JUNE 1999: GOVERNMENT PUTS IN 20%, + JAPANESE & SOUTH KOREAN CONTRACTS, FOR $130 MILLION, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPGRADE, TO HANDLE 5 MILLION PASSENGERS/YEAR, TO BE COMPLETE BY 2001.
POSSIBLE MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR LIBYAN 707'S, & 727'S, FOLLOWING LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.
SEPTEMBER 1999: PURCHASES BOEING PORTABLE MAINTENANCE AID (PMA-3) FOR 737/757/767 FLEET.
NEW ROUTE TO ZANZIBAR, & PLANS FOR COPENHAGEN, & AMSTERDAM, LATER IN 1999.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 FISCAL YEAR (FY) = +$6.39 MILLION (+$3.60 MILLION).
FEBRUARY 2000: ACQUIRES BOEING PORTABLE MAINTENANCE AID (PMA) FOR 757/767'S.
NEXT MONTH, CODE SHARE WITH GHANA (GHN) TO ACCRA.
MARCH 2000: "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK CARRIED OUT ON ANGOLA (ANG) 737-200.
APRIL 2000: 3,648 EMPLOYEES.
JUNE 2000: 2 ATR 42-300 (71; 76), LEASED TO SCORPIO AVIATION.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 603,000 PASSENGERS; 3,700 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 737-2Q3 (24103), EX-JAPAN TRANSOCEAN AIR (SWL).
NOVEMBER 2000: 707-307C (19999) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, FOR AIR GULF FALCON (GFG).
1 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (1165-23446, /85 ET-ALE), EX-XIAMEN (XIA) AERFI (AFJ) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2001: TO ROME - AMSTERDAM (757, 2/WEEK).
MARCH 2001: TO HARGEYSA (2/WEEK).
APRIL 2001: PLANS SERVICE TO HONG KONG.
MAIN BASE: ADDIS ABABA (BOLE INTERNATIONAL).
MAY 2001: SEYOUM MESFIN, CHAIRMAN, EX-ETHIOPIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, REPLACES SEEYE ABRAHA.
MAINTENANCE DIVISION HAS HANGARS WITH 2 WIDE BODY BAYS AND 2 NARROW BODY BAYS. "B," "C," & "D" CHECKS FOR 707'S; 727'S; 737'S; 757'S; 767'S; F 50'S; L-100-20 HERCULES; ATR 42'S; DHC-6 TWIN OTTERS.
JULY 2001: IN AUGUST, TO DJIBOUTI - BANGKOK - HONG KONG (767, 2/WEEK) & TO KHARTOUM - KANO & N'DJAMENA - KANO (BOTH 757, WEEKLY).
3,740 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.ethiopian-airline.com).
SITA: ADDDZET. (email@example.com).
AUGUST 2001: IN PLANNING STAGES TO EXPAND MAINTENANCE FACILITIES, WITH NEW HANGAR CAPABLE OF HOLDING 2 747'S.
SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 707 (19966), & 1 727-251 (19973) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS FOR BIN MAHFOOZ (BMV). COMPLETED "C" CHECK ON LINA CONGO (LNA) 737-200.
DECEMBER 2001: TO FRANKFURT - AMSTERDAM (2/WEEK).
1 737-204 (22638) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 2002: TO HONG KONG.
1 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK DONE ON GREAT LAKE AVIATION (OWNED BY DAIRO AIR SERVICES (DAR) 707-379C (19821).
2001 = +$3.6 MILLION (+$3.6 MILLION): 2.95 BILLION (RPK) (+7%); 62.9% LF; 79.22 MILLION (FTK) (+1.2%); 1.03 MILLION (PAX) (+9%); 3,891 EMPLOYEES (+6.7%).
767-3BGER (PW4062) (802-30565, /00 04 01 HB-IHW), PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED.
APRIL 2002: TO PARIS (CDG) & RETURN, VIA AMSTERDAM (2/WEEK).
(PH: +251 612 222). (FAX: +251 1 614881).
MAIN BASE: ADDIS ABABA - BOLE INTERNATIONAL (ADD).
July 2002: $480 Million, 6/5 orders (2003-02) 737-700's, and 6 orders (2/03) 767-300ER's, to replace its 737-200's, and 767-200's. Takes purchase option rights, for 3 777-200's.
October 2002: "D" check contract maintenance on Nigeria (NIA) 737-200. Also, Miba (MIZ) 727-100 "C" check, and Cameroon (CAM) 767 "C" check.
December 2002: 3 orders (2003-07) 737-700's with blended winglets, 6 orders (2003-07) 737NG's, 3 orders (7/03) 767-300ER's, and 3 orders (2003-07) 767-300ER's leased. The agreement including provisions for additional fleet expansion opportunities (purchase rights) with +5 737's, & 3 777's, as the next step, in the airline's development program.
March 2003: Plans to resume service to Tel Aviv.
July 2003: 2002 FY = +$29.06 Million (+$15.23 Million): 3.29 Billion (RPK) (+15.9%); 59.7% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 83.49 Million (FTK) (+5.4%); 1.09 Million (PAX) (+6.4%).
3,938 employees. (http://www.flyethiopian.com).
(T: +651 615110).
767-3BGER (PW4060) (798-30564, ET-ALL), ex-Sobelair (SBL), Roxy Ltd leased.
August 2003: Starts building a new $6.3 Million, single-bay wide body airplane maintenance hangar at Addis Ababa, to be completed in 2005.
September 2003: Next month, flights to Scandinavia will land in Stockholm instead of Copenhagen. In November, Addis Ababa - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) (2/week). Code share with South African Airways (SAA), Addis Ababa - Johannesburg (3/week).
October 2003: Addis Ababa - Stockholm.
November 2003: Code share with South African Airways (SAA), Addis Ababa - Johannesburg.
737-760 (32764, ET-ALK), 16C, 102Y, & 767-360ER (33768, ET-ALO) deliveries.
December 2003: Ato Bisrat Nigatu, (CEO), since 1997, will retire within the next 3 months. To be replaced by Ato Girma Wake in February 2004.
January 2004: 2002 = +$29.06 Million (+$15.23 Million).
767-260 (23106, ET-AIE) stored at Victorville, California, USA.
March 2004: 2nd 737-76N (33420, ET-ALQ), (ILF) leased delivery.
April 2004: 737-760 (32741, ET-ALU), GECAS (GEF) leased.
May 2004: 767-33AER (25346) returned to Babcock (BBB).
June 2004: Signed a 3-year agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions for Sabre AirFlite Schedule Manager.
767-360ER (33768, ET-ALO), delivery.
July 20004: 737-760 (33765, ET-ALM) delivery.
November 2004: 707-3K1C (884-20805, /74 9G-IRL), CargoPlus Aviation (CPB) wet-leased.
December 2004: 3,740 employees.
February 2005: $1.3 Billion, 5/5 orders (2008-02) 787-8's.
March 2005: ACCDT: 707-3K1C (20805, 9G-IRL), crashed on attempting to land at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The airplane under-shot on approach and crashed into the shallows of Lake Victoria about 400 m/1,310 ft short of the runway after clipping a rocky outcrop = 5 crew (FC) all OK with light tissue injuries. All rescued 6 minutes later by the airport emergency services. The airplane was on wet-lease from Cargo Plus Aviation (CPB) to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
May 2005: The USA and Ethiopia signed a full "open skies" agreement that will permit USA and Ethiopian carriers to operate air services between the two countries without restrictions.
Firms its orders for 787 Dreamliner to 10 by exercising purchase rights obtained with its initial 5/5 order. Plans to lease 2 777-200ER's to launch new service from Addis Ababa (via Accra) to New York.
June 2005: 767-360ER (33769, ET-ALP), delivery.
July 2005: 737-760 (33766, ET-ALN), delivery.
October 2005: Globe Air Cargo will become Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)'s cargo general sales agent in the UK. (ETH) currently operates 6x-weekly 757 flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa and plans to increase its capacity later in the year when 767s will be introduced on the route.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has made a substantial equity investment in Ghana International Airlines (GHN) and will provide technical, commercial and management expertise and training facilities through a services agreement. The two airlines will also team up to offer a wide ranging and alliance agreement that will enable their passengers to have better access to the combined worldwide network of the two airlines.
Sells 1 of its 3 DHC-6-300 Twin Otters as part of a phase-by-phase withdrawal from the domestic market.
January 2006: 2 757-231's (28480, ET-ALY; 30319, ET-ALZ), ex-TransMeridian (TAL), Pegasus Aviation (PSS) leased.
February 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed a $10.5 million deal with Sabre Airline Solutions for its passenger management system. It will migrate from a SITA system by year end.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will inaugurate direct service from Addis Ababa to Brussels on June 7th. The airline will operate 3 flights a week via Paris (CDG), departing Addis on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, Wednesdays with a 757 and Fridays, Sundays with a 767. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will inaugurate direct service from Addis Ababa to Juba (Sudan) on March 27th. The airline will operate 4 flights a week with a 737-700. On Mondays, Fridays, via Nairobi and on Wednesdays, Saturdays, via Entebbe. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will inaugurate nonstop and direct service from Addis Ababa to Libreville (Gabon) on March 28th. The airline will operate 4 flights a week with a 737-700. On Tuesdays and Fridays, flights will operate nonstop and continue to Douala, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays, they will operate via Douala. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will inaugurate direct service from Addis Ababa to Dakar (Senegal) on March 27th. (ETH) will operate 4 flights a week with a 767 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays via Lome and Abidjan. On June 5th, Ethiopian (ETH) will increase the frequency to 7x-weekly by adding a flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays operating via N'Djamena and Bamako.
March 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) began issuing e-tickets on the Addis Ababa - Nairobi sector last month. Further e-ticketing will be launched on routes from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg, Frankfurt and Washington.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will resume its Addis Ababa - Dakar service on March 26. 4x-weekly flights will arrive in Senegal via Lome and Abidjan and return the following day using 757s and 767-200s. Service becomes daily in June with flights via Ndjamena and Bamako. Ethiopian (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, Addis Ababa - Libreville service on March 28 aboard a 757, adding a fourth flight on June 3. Flights to Brussels start in June. It will become the first airline to provide regular scheduled flights to Juba, prompted by oil exploration activities in this flourishing region of southern Sudan, with connections to Kenya, Tanzania, & Uganda.
Has decided to ground its DHC-6-300 Twin Otters due to heavy operational losses, mostly associated with high maintenance costs. At present, only 14 of the 22 domestic airports served by (ETH) are capable of handling larger F 50 airplanes, and so some local communities are without air transportation. The Ethiopian Airports Administration said the government has given due attention to the construction and expansion of airports that can land large size airplanes to meet the demands of the society and the economic importance of the sector. It is currently constructing airports in Jijiga, Assosa, & Jimma towns.
(ETH) incurred a loss of -44 million burr on domestic operations last year and stated its Twin Otter operation was being subsidized by its international flights.
April 2006: Precision Conversions will provide a 757-PCF conversion to Ethiopian Cargo (ETH). The airplane currently is being operated in passenger configuration by Ethiopian (ETH). Modification will take place at Goodrich (ATS) (BFG) in Everett, Washington, USA.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will lease two 747-400s from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for five years to meet capacity demands ahead of the delivery of its 787s. The 747s will be delivered in July.
May 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) earned a profit of +$43.4 million in 2005 on revenues of $495 million, it said at a news conference marking its 60th anniversary, according to "Reuters." A carrier official said the airline intends to increase its annual net earnings to +$116 million by 2010 and generate $1 billion in revenues. Ethiopian carried 1.6 million passengers in 2005.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) completed an agreement to buy five 787s with purchase rights for five more. The carrier also will wet-lease two Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) 747-400s later this year, for flights from Addis Ababa to the USA and Asia, (CEO), Girma Wake said.
June 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will open bases in Accra and a yet-to-be-determined city in southern Africa such as Lusaka, Gaborone or Harare as soon as possible. "We plan to base one or two 737s or 757s in these places," (CEO), Girma Wake said. Further on, the carrier is looking for three new destinations in North America such as Toronto, Atlanta or New York, and is in talks with Lufthansa (DLH) about membership in the Star Alliance. One potential problem with route expansion is the departure of key operational personnel to growing Middle Eastern carriers and Singapore Airlines (SIA). "We lost 14 senior captains (FC) to them. Also maintenance (MT) people. That's very tough for us as a small carrier," Wake said. (ETH) currently operates five 737-700s, seven 767-300ERs, eight 757s and eight turboprops. It is searching for new jets for its regional services and is considering Embraer (EMB) airplanes or additional 737s.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) wet-leased one A330-243 (635, F-GSEU) from Star Airlines (STU) (later in November to be renamed "XL Airways France"), starting June 17, and one MD-11, World Airways (WLD) wet-leased, from July 1 to handle expected growth. The A330-200 was placed into service from Addis Ababa to Libreville. It cancelled plans to lease two 747-400s, because the airplanes would not deliver on time. "The lease is for six months, then we want to have two 777-200s or more 767-300ERs. It depends what is available on the market," (CEO), Girma Wake said at the recent (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Paris. He said passenger traffic increased +20% (RPK) last year and (ETH) expects to fly 1.6 million passengers in 2006, with most of the growth coming from international routes to the east.
July 2006: As the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) operates scheduled jet airplane services to more than >40 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and since 1998, across the North Atlantic. An extensive domestic network serves 25 points. Also undertakes passenger and cargo charter flights.
(IATA) Code: ET - 071. (ICAO) Code: ETH (Callsign - ETHIOPIAN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Ethiopia (100%).
Alliances: South African Airways (SAA).
Main Base: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD).
Domestic, Scheduled destinations: Addis Ababa; Arba Mintch; Asosa; Axum; Bahar Dar; Beica; Dembidollo; Dessie; Dire Dawa; Gambela; Gode/Iddidole; Gondar; Gore; Indaselassie; Jijiga; Jimma; Jinka; Kabri Dar; Lalibela; Makale; Mizan Teferi; Neghelli; Shillavo; & Tippi.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Amsterdam; Bamako; Bangkok; Beijing; Beirut; Brazzaville; Bujumbura; Cairo; Dar Es Salaam; Delhi; Dijibouti; Douala; Dubai; Entebbe/Kampala; Frankfurt; Guangzhou; Harare; Hargeisa; Hong Kong; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Khartoum; Kigali; Kilimanjaro; Kinshasa; Lagos; Lilongwe; Lome; London; Luanda; Lusaka; Mumbai; Nairobi; Ndjamena; Paris; Rome; Stockholm; Tel Aviv Yafo; & Washington.
August 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and General Electric (GE) completed a purchase agreement for 20 (GEnx) engines plus three spares to power 10 787s ordered by the carrier. The value of the deal is $330 million at list prices.
MD-11 (48472 N801DE), returned to World Airways (WLD).
September 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) added a 4th weekly Addis Ababa - Washington Dulles frequency.
757-200 Atlas International (ABE) wet-leased for 6 months.
October 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to increase its cargo activities to meet the demands of the nation's fast-growing export market. It will construct a new state-of-the-art cargo terminal in Addis Ababa with cold storage facilities and a total annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes and lease an MD-11 freighter for a daily Addis Ababa - Brussels flight with a capacity of 85 tonnes.
Ethiopian (ETH) has taken delivery of a 757-200F Freighter. The airplane was converted from Passenger to Cargo configuration. The airline also signed to lease an MD-11F Freighter, that will operate a daily cargo flight into Brussels.
November 2006: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) extended its network from Addis Ababa and now offers 2x-daily services to Dubai, 11x-weekly flights to Lagos, 8x-weekly flights to Accra, a daily service to Khartoum and Johannesburg, 6x-weekly flights to Dakar, 5x-weeklye to N'djamena, and 4x-weekly to Lome.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed an agreement with (ILFC) (ILF) to lease a 220-seat, two-class 767-306ER (27611, ET-AME), ex-(KLM), for five years, effective December 8.
February 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) said it moved to the Sabre Passenger Services Management Information Technology (IT) system. It also launched a 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - Juba service aboard 737-200s.
March 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to launch 4x-weekly Addis Ababa - Bahrain flights from May 14, the first nonstop offering on the route, and will operate 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - Sanaa service from June 3. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will increase Addis Ababa - Washington Dulles service to 6x-weekly from four from June 1.
July 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched service to Sana'a, its fifth Middle East destination.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) leased two 235-seat 767-3BGERs (30563; 30566), ex-Hainan Airlines (HNA) (B-2562), from Deutsche Structured Finance. Lease agreement is for six years effective May 31. The airplanes joined the fleet on June 1 and July 7.
August 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake said that (ETH) is trying to get permission to fly to Toronto, and hopes to fly to New York (JFK), Chicago O'Hare, and Atlanta. (ETH)'s current North American service comprises 6x-weekly flights to Washington Dulles. Wake said (ETH) also is considering +2 more destinations in India and China, where it currently serves 5 markets combined.
Back in Africa, Ethiopian (ETH) plans to open its new hub in Lome by October. "We will lease two 737-300s or 737-400s for this operation and try to fly from Lome to five stations," he said. Opening further hubs on the continent is under discussion, with Lusaka and Harare among the options.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will begin daily, Addis Ababa - Zanzibar flights on October 28 using 737-700s.
(ETH), which operates 24 Boeing jets and five turboprops, will take delivery of its 12th 767-300ER in about two weeks, with a 13th to follow. It introduce its first 787 in September 2008, and will take a second the following month. "By 2010, I expect to have a total fleet of 30 jets," Wake added.
September 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will discontinue its Addis Ababa - Amsterdam service and double flights to Brussels to six-times-weekly from three, from October 28. (ETH) will increase frequencies to China from the end of October. Addis Ababa - Guangzhou will rise to 6x-weekly from four, and Beijing via Delhi will increase to 5x-weekly from four.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed a six-year lease for one 757-28AER (32449, C-GMYE), ex-Harmony Airlines (HMY) from GECAS (GEF).
November 2007: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) flies the 757Fs to Brussels, its (EU) hub, 5x-weekly to Dubai, 4x-weekly to Djibouti, 3x-weekly to Mumbai, 2x-weekly to Lagos and Kinshasa, and weekly to Bujumbura, N'djamena, Jeddah, & Kigali, plus belly-hold cargo space on scheduled passenger services.
December 2007: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) launched 2x-weekly Luanda - Addis Ababa service. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will partner with TAAG (ANG) to carry passengers from Addis Ababa, while (TAAG) will do the same for those arriving in Angola on (ETH)'s 3x-weekly service.
February 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) inaugurated a new 737NG full flight simulator (FFS) from Flight Safety International. It is (ETH)'s second (FFS); it has been operating a 767/757 simulator for 15 years. (CEO), Girma Wake said (ETH) will save at least $800,000 a year by training its pilots (FC) in Addis Ababa.
March 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will resume 2x-weekly, 737-700 service from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Riyadh and Kuwait City, in mid-June. It also announced a code share deal with Lufthansa (DLH), beginning March 30 on each carrier's (ADD) - Frankfurt service.
April 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch a 2x-weekly routing from Addis Ababa through Kuwait City and Riyadh on June 2. It currently operates 35x-weekly flights to six Middle East destinations.
Thales (THL) reached a deal with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to provide its "TopSeries" in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for 10 forthcoming 787s. The contract includes media services and maintenance support.
May 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) said "preliminary reports" suggest it earned a record +ETB484 million/+$50 million profit in the fiscal nine months ended March 31, a result it said was "appreciably higher" than the year-ago period. Revenue rose +29% year-over-year to ETB6.6 billion on a +19% lift in passengers to 1.9 million, (ETH) announced. It credited increased frequencies, new international services, and its freight business, for driving revenue growth. Operating expenses climbed +21%. (ETH) will launch flights to Kuwait City, its 51st destination, on June 2.
June 2008: AWAS (AWW) leased a third 767-33AER to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
July 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and privately held Togolese start-up "ASKY" (AKY) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to form a strategic partnership covering marketing, operations, maintenance, training, financing, and management contracts, (ETH) announced. It will hold a 20% stake in the startup, which is expected to launch services in December with eight airplanes likely to be leased from (ETH). "(ETH) has been engaged in the process of identifying a hub in West Africa in order to serve the region better and connecting it to the rest of the world," (CEO), Girma Wake said. "Following our successful operations and management of the Addis Ababa hub, we are now determined to build Lome as the second largest hub in Africa for (ETH)." (ETH) serves Lome 4x-weekly.
(ETH) currently flies 28 airplanes to 51 international and 30 domestic destinations.
Babcock & Brown (BBB) leased and delivered two former (ATA) Airlines (AAT) 757-200s to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). The lease agreements are five years each. B&B (BBB) said it is "in discussions with several parties" regarding two additional former (ATA) (AAT) airplanes.
August 2008: 737-260 (23915, ET-AJB), sold to Star Equatorial Airlines (STQ).
October 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) said it posted a +ETB507 million/+$51.2 million profit in the fiscal year ended June 30, which would mark a significant improvement over profits of just over +$14 million in each of the prior two fiscal years. Revenue rose +34% year-over-year to ETB9.2 billion, while expenses were up +31% to ETB8.8 billion. Passenger numbers climbed +20% to 2.5 million. "The substantial growth in revenue and the resultant operating profit are directly attributed to the apparent growth of traffic following the increase of many flight frequencies and the introduction of additional new destinations on the international sector," (ETH) said. It will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Abjuja on November 12, which it called the Nigerian capital's "first direct link" to East Africa.
November 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) ordered eight Dash 8-Q400 NextGens plus four options. The deal is valued at $242 million, a figure that could rise to $366 million if all options are exercised. (CEO), Girma Wake said, "The airplane's excellent range and payload capability will allow us to deploy it on domestic routes within Ethiopia, as well as on regional routes up to 1,000 nm/1,850 km from Addis Ababa."
December 2008: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Lufthansa (DLH) extended their code share agreement to cover (DLH) flights from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, Geneva, Stockholm Arlanda, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and (ETH) service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Dar-es-Salaam, and Zanzibar.
Volvo Aero Services (VAS) Corp reached a five-year preferred supplier agreement with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to position more than >$20 million in engine material to support Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activities. In exchange, (ETH) will provide (VAS) with (MRO) support on select engines and material.
February 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is scaling back frequencies to the USA and China.
(ETH) took delivery of its first MD-11F (48758, ET-AML) freighter. The used airplane was purchased directly from Boeing (TBC) and will serve Liege, Johannesburg, Lagos, Dubai, Hong Kong, Madras, and Kinshasa. (ETH) will take another MD-11F on lease in August. Its freighter fleet previously comprised two 757-200Fs and two 747Fs.
(ETH) operates from its state-of-the-art cargo terminal which has the capacity to handle 350,000 tons with modern facilities and equipment.
March 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) reported a +ETB515 million/+$45.8 million profit in its fiscal first half ended December 31, up +9% from the year-ago semester, on a +54.8% surge in operating revenue to ETB6.7 billion. (CEO), Girma Wake said (ETH) "remains optimistic that its performance will be sustained going forward, considering the strategic cost reduction efforts and improved operating procedures we have put in place."
Six-month passenger numbers climbed +19% year-over-year to 1.5 million, while freight doubled to 55,000 tons. (ETH) purchased eight Dash 8-Q400s and two MD-11F freighters during the period and signed a lease for one 757.
"The prevailing global recession has caused steep decline in demand for passenger and air cargo traffic . . . Looking forward, (ETH) will continue to sustain its growth strategy with proper caution and monitoring of the operating environment," it said.
April 2009: 2 737-86Rs (30494, ET-ANA; 30495, ET-ANB), ALAFCO leased, ex-China Eastern Airlines (CEA), ex-(B-2660; B-2665).
July 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) said it placed an order for 12 A350-900s from Airbus (EDS) and five 777-200LRs from Boeing (TBC), a move it called "unprecedented." The (ETH) announcement follows a commitment for eight Dash 8-Q400s last fall. "The new purchase of airplanes . . . is made in line with (ETH)'s fast growth strategy in which it is predicated that the fleet size would significantly increase in the next 10 to 15 years," (ETH) said. "(ETH) has been one of the fastest growing airlines in the industry during the past five years and continues to maintain the trend firmly. Thus, in order to meet the required level of fleet size going forward, (ETH) made the decision to diversify its fleet type among Boeing (TBC), Airbus (EDS) and Bombardier airplanes."
(ETH) has not announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30. It reported a +ETB515 million/+$44.8 million profit in the semester ended December 31, 2008.
The 777 order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices and was signed by (ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake and Boeing (TBC) Sales Director Middle East & Africa, Skip Thompson. The airplanes are scheduled to begin delivery in October 2010, (ETH) said. A Memo of Understanding (MOU) covering the A350 order was signed by Girma and Airbus VP North Africa Sales, Francois Cognard. Those airplanes are worth $2.9 billion at list prices, (ETH) said. It also has 10 787s on order.
It currently operates 10 767-300ERs, eight 757-200ERs, five 737-700s, one 737-800, five F 50s, two 757-200F freighters, two 747F freighters and one MD-11F freighter.
August 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) posted a net profit of +ETB1.35 billion/+$117 million in its fiscal year ended June 30, a +165% increase over the prior year's figure and a company record.
Fresh off (ETH)'s blockbuster order for 12 A350-900s and five 777-200LRs, (CEO), Girma Wake called the result "noteworthy and rewarding" and said (ETH) survived "cutthroat competition in the industry, global economic crisis, escalating operational and capital costs led by the less predictable and fluid gyration of fuel prices and the shrinking trends of the market environment" during the period.
Full-year operating revenue rose +32.8% to ETB12.2 billion and passenger numbers were up +12.3% to 2.8 million. (ETH) said its financial results were "directly attributed" to that traffic growth. Cargo rose +38.4% to 101,000 tons. (ETH) currently operates 10 767-300s, eight 757-200s, five 737-700s, one 737-800, five F 50s, two 757-200Fs, two 747Fs and one MD-11F. It has 36 airplanes on order.
Girma said (ETH) is "optimistic" it will reach its $1 billion revenue target in the current fiscal year.
September 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) added its second MD-11F freighter, increasing its cargo capacity by +23%. It also operates two 757-200Fs and two 747-200Fs.
(ETH) will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Monrovia service on October 25.
Delta (DAL) TechOps signed an open-ended extension of its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement with (ETH) covering its (PW2040) engines.
(ETH) took delivery of one 737-800 from CIT Aerospace (TCI). The airplane is powered by (CFM56-7B27)s and seats 154 passengers in two classes. These airplanes are scheduled on flights from Addis Ababa to Beirut, Dar es Salaam,, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Riyadh, and Zanzibar. (ETH) now operates 10 767-300ERs, eight 757-200s, two 757-260Fs, two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five 737-700s, two 737-800s and five F 50s.
October 2009: "Freight-In-Time" was appointed by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to be its cargo General Sales Agent (GSA) in Kenya.
November 2009: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Airbus (EDS) confirmed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for 12 A350s, announced in July, valued at just over >$3 billion. The deal was signed at the Dubai Air Show by Airbus (EDS) President & (CEO), Tom Enders and (ETH) President, Girma Wake, who told media he believes the airplanes will "serve our market well." SEE PICTURE - - "ETH-A350-900 2009-11."
The order takes firm commitments for the A350 to 493. First deliveries of the A350-900 to (ETH) would be 2017, and (ETH) is considering leasing some A350s in the interim. At the same time, Rolls-Royce (RRC) announced an order for (Trent XWB) engines for the (ETH) airplanes.
Airbus (EDS) (COO) Customers, John Leahy told media that the A350 program is in good shape and no customers are contemplating cancellations because of the global economic crisis.
December 2009: The Star Alliance (SAL) is holding exploratory talks with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and will discuss (ETH)'s potential membership at its chief executive board meeting in Brussels, (SAL) alliance (CEO), Jaan Albrecht confirmed. "We have been talking to them as part of our strategy to fill in our white spots on the world map," he said, pointing out that that while small in market share, Central Africa is showing strong growth. A decision on (ETH) is not "imminent," he stressed, and an announcement can be expected in the first half of 2010.
(ETH) would be the (SAL) alliance's third member in Africa and would provide a good fit with EgyptAir (EGP) in the north and South African Airways (SAA) down south. Eleven (SAL) Alliance members serve 81 destinations in 40 countries across Africa at present. (ETH) carried 2.8 million passengers in its fiscal year ended June 30, a +12.3% increase year-on-year, and net profit jumped +165% to +ETBillion1.35/+$105.2 million.
A SKY Airlines (AKY), a Togolese start-up affiliated with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), plans to launch service to regional destinations on January 15 with two 737-7K9s (34401, ET-ANG; 34402, ET-ANH), ex-Cimber Sterling Airlines (STR), on wet-lease from (ETH) and (AKY) said it intends to serve Europe, the Americas and Asia in the future. Shareholders include (ETH) (20%), Ecobank Group, Ecowas Bank for Investment & Development, West African Development Bank and the Sakhumnotho Group of South Africa.
(ETH) has five 777-200ELRs, 10 787s, 12 A350s and eight Dash 8-Q400s on order.
737-8BK (29646, ET-AMZ), ex-(G-CEJP), delivery.
January 2010: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has achieved a long-sought objective to create a West African hub with the launch of Asky Airlines (AKY), a Lome (Togo)-based carrier, operating a pair of 737-7K9 airplanes (34401, ET-ANG; 34402, ET-ANH) leased from (ETH).
The first flight of (AKY) on January 15, was from Lome to Abidjan and Banjul.
(ETH) placed orders for 10 737-800s. (ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake said (ETH), which has a fleet of 37 airplanes, now has 45 on order, including eight Dash 8-Q400s to begin delivering in March, five 777-200LRs to begin delivering in November, 10 787 Dreamliners slated to begin arriving in July 2011, and 12 A350s set to begin delivering in 2016.
Following a speech to the International Aviation Club in Washington, Wake said that (ETH) has a 25% stake in (AKY), which has a diverse ownership spread among individuals and institutions in 11 African countries. Investors comprise the private multinational Ecobank and the major development banks of the region, including the Economic Community of West African States, the Bank for Investment and Development, and the West African Development Bank. He said (ETH) has a contract to manage and operate the new airline, which he said will feed passengers into (ETH)'s network of 74 destinations, including 35 in Africa.
In a wide-ranging speech, Wake said that "African aviation is an area of very, very big opportunities" owing to a largely "untouched" base of potential passengers and growing investment in the continent from Asia, Europe and the USA. But he acknowledged the region's airlines face a number of "challenges," including the high cost of operating at many African airports, underdeveloped infrastructure and "stiff competition" from non-African carriers. He noted that 70% of the traffic between Africa and the rest of the world is carried on non-African airlines.
He also criticized the European Union (EU) blacklist, stating that it "is not a genuine blacklist" and is at least partially "borne out of competition," explaining, "I have seen carriers whose record is very good who were put on the blacklist [upon attempting to enter European markets]. I'm not saying all the blacklisted carriers are good. Many are not good . . . But at the same time, I don't think unilateral decisions [regarding carriers' safety] are good."
He additionally confirmed (ETH)'s interest in joining the Star Alliance (SAL) but emphasized that the airline has not been accepted into the group. In explaining his preference for the (SAL) alliance over the SkyTeam (SKT) and Oneworld (ONW) alliances, he noted that (ETH) already has a code share relationship with Lufthansa (DLH) and also works closely with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and United Airlines (UAL).
ACCDT: An Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) 737-8AS (CFM56-7B24) (1061-29935, /02 EI-CSW), ex-Ryanair (RYR), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased, with about 90 people on board (7 crew Flight crew (FC) - Cabin Attendants (CA))/83 passengers), crashed into the sea on early Monday, January 25, shortly after takeoff in a thunderstorm from Beirut, aviation and security officials said. The 737-800 took off around 2 am (7 pm EST) for Addis Ababa, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, because they are not authorized to speak publicly. Police officials ruled out terrorism as the cause of the crash and said it was likely weather-related. It has been raining heavily and lightning in Beirut since Sunday night. Lebanese naval ships were scrambled to find the location of the crash.
(ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake stated he did not think the flight crew (FC) would have taken off in dangerous weather conditions.
Twenty-four bodies, including those of two toddlers, have so far been recovered. At least six bodies were of Ethiopian origin, officials said. Some of the bodies were so unrecognizable from the impact of the crash that (DNA) testing would be needed to identify them.
The remains of mangled airplane seats and luggage washed up on the shore south of Beirut where the airport's main runway is located. Lebanese army patrol boats, helicopters and divers searched an area off Na'ameh, 10 km/six miles south of the capital.
Fifty-four of those on board were Lebanese, 22 were Ethiopian, two were British and there were also Canadian, Russian, French, Iraqi, Syrian, and Turkish nationals.
Marla Pietton, wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon, Denis Pietton, was on the plane, the French embassy said.
Later in January 2012, the following was reported:
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has refuted the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport final report into the (ETH) Flight 409 737-800 crash.
(ETH) said the final report is incomplete, lacking evidence and is biased toward the Lebanese government assertion alleging the accident was caused by Flight Crew (FC) pilot error. (ETH) claims the report contains “numerous” inaccuracies, as well as contradictions and hypothetical statements.
“We are not surprised that the investigation process in the last couple of years was used only to justify the speculation made publicly before the beginning of the investigation process,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said. “To this effect, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) has appended its comments to the report and expressed its regrets and disagreement both in the investigation process and the final report.”
According to (ETH), the report downplays testimony from Air Traffic Control (ATC) officers and other airline pilots (FC) who witnessed a ball of fire on the airplane while it was still in the air, and other items which may point towards an on board explosion, including a loud noise before the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CFR) stopped recording at 1,300 ft.
The report acknowledges both these points: “The (DFDR) recording stopped with the airplane at 1,291 [feet]. The last radar screen recording was with the airplane at 1,300 [feet]. The last (CVR) recording was a loud noise.” However, the report concludes that, “the probable causes of the accident were the flight crew (FC)’s mismanagement of the airplane’s speed, altitude, headings and attitude through inconsistent flight control inputs resulting in a loss of control and their failure to abide by Crew Resource Management (CRM) principles of mutual support and calling deviations. The other contributory factors that could have lead to probable causes are the increased workload and stress levels that have most likely led to the Captain’s reaching a situation of loss of situational awareness similar to a subtle incapacitation and the First Officer's failure to recognize it or to intervene accordingly.”
Gebremariam strongly refuted any allegations of pilot (FC) error: “The (CVR) and (DFDR) clearly show that the pilot (FC) was making appropriate inputs in an effort to control the airplane. This contradicts the investigation assertion that the Captain was under subtle incapacitation while he was making every effort to control the airplane, even under heavy gravity force. Moreover, both pilots (FC) were properly trained and qualified. The Captain had over >20 years of experience with a total time of 10,233 hours and the crew pairing was in accordance with approved policy. The crew duty and rest time was in accordance with the regulation. Any characterization of our pilots (FC) contrary to the foregoing is pure fabrication that cannot stand any scrutiny.”
An interesting independent comment by "Autolycus" stated:
"Let's see now - on the one hand we have a cessation of flight data storage at around 1,300' + (ATC) & eyewitness reports of an in-flight explosion + experienced crew + legendary toughness of both (CVR) and (DFDR) = unanswered questions.
On the other hand, we have an easier option, apparently adopted by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works & Transport - blame the flight crew. Case closed + no more embarrassing questions to answer.
Hmmm - which would You believe...?"
March 2010: Dash 8-402 (4299, ET-ANI), delivery.
April 2010: Dash 8-402 (4303, ET-ANJ), delivery.
May 2010: 767-3Q8ER (27993, ET-ANU), ex-(N27993), Pacific Aircorp leased. Dash 8-402 (4306, ET-ANL), delivery.
June 2010: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launches new 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Pointe Noire services on June 16 using a 767-300ER.
(ETH) is seeking to expand its African presence by creating airline start-ups across the continent. It launched Lome-based, ASKY Airlines (AKY) in January. (ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake previously said that (ETH) has a 25% stake in ASKY (AKY), which has a diverse ownership spread among individuals and institutions in 11 African countries. (AKY) operates to 11 destinations and will take delivery of its third 737NG during the summer. "ASKY (AKY) has become profitable already," Wake said.
He said (ETH) is evaluating launching additional airlines in southern or northern Africa. "But first, we want to [solidify] ASKY (AKY)," he explained. He did not rule out investing in existing African carriers. "We are talking to [some airlines]," he revealed. A further possibility could be to join forces with another major African airline to launch a start-up, he said. He also reiterated that (ETH) would like to join the Star Alliance (SAL).
(ETH) operates 26 jet airplanes (excluding a freighter fleet of two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs and two 757-200Fs) and nine turboprops. "(ETH) takes delivery of its first 777-200LR this autumn," Wake said. A total of five 777-200LRs will arrive through July 2011. It will take delivery of three 737-800s during the remainder of this year. He added that delivery of the carrier's first 787 is confirmed "for July 2011." It has 10 787s on order.
(ETH) operates an extensive network, including 14 weekly flights to both China and India. Wake said it is considering new Asian destinations such as Malaysia and South Korea. It also is evaluating additional USA routes including New York (JFK), Atlanta or even a West Coast destination. It currently serves Washington Dulles.
He noted that (ETH) faces stiff competition from non-African airlines within Africa. "Carriers like Emirates (EAD) and Qatar (QTA) are fighting like crazy across the continent," he said. "But so far, there is business for everyone."
Wake expects (ETH) to grow passenger traffic at the rate of +20% annually. Currently, 60% to 70% of its passengers transfer through its Addis Ababa hub. It expects to transport around 3 million passengers this year, up from 2.8 million last year. Cargo remains an important part of its business, generating 18% of total revenue. He said it is considering operating 777F freighters "in the future."
August 2010: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and the USA Export-Import Bank signed an agreement worth over $1.6 billion to support the financing of five 777-200LRs, 10 787-8s and (GE) spare engines.
September 2010: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) named (COO), Tewolde Mariam (CEO)-designate, saying he will officially replace retiring (CEO) Girma Wake on January 1, 2011. Mariam has been with (ETH) in various capacities for 25 years. Wake has been (CEO) since February 2004 and has successfully led one of the most ambitious growth periods in (ETH)'s history.
(ETH) has extended its code share with Star (SAL) Alliance member, South African Airways (SAA) to include (SAA)’s regional flights to Gaborone, Botswana, and Windhoek, Namibia, as well as domestic services from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban to Port Elizabeth. The extension is scheduled for September 14, just weeks before (ETH) is expected to be unveiled as the (SAL) alliance’s newest member. (SAA) already code shares on (ETH)’s daily flights from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa and on services to Bahrain; Douala, Cameroon; Kuwait; Bamako, Mali; and Kigali, Rwanda.
(ETH) was officially invited to join the Star Alliance (SAL), and aims within 12 months to become the group’s third member on the African continent following EgyptAir (EGP) and South African Airways (SAA). (ETH)’s integration, under the mentoring of Lufthansa (DLH), will begin “shortly.”
“On behalf of the Chief Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to invite (ETH) to join the the Star Alliance (SAL) network,” (SAL) CEO, Jaan Albrecht said at a ceremony in Addis Ababa. “(ETH)’s extensive intra-African network will provide more choice for our travelers and bring the (SAL) benefits to new markets. Moreover, we will in the future have three main hubs in Africa: — Addis Ababa, Cairo, and Johannesburg — allowing for an ideal access to the continent from either the North, Center-East or South.”
“(ETH) will definitely enhance the (SAL) Alliance’s global network. Our long experience in the Africa market, coupled with our strategic hub Addis Ababa (ADD) and the recently created Lome hub, will allow (SAL) Alliance members to access many new markets in Africa,” outgoing (ETH) (CEO), Girma Wake said.
The (SAL) alliance noted that the acceptance of (ETH) is an “integral part” of its Africa strategy aimed at responding to the predicted high growth of the continent’s air traffic. Market studies by (IATA) and (ICAO) show that Africa is forecast to have the second-highest growth rate in air traffic in the coming years.
(ETH) will add five new countries (Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Mali and Niger) and 24 African destinations to the (SAL) Alliance network. Several (SAL) carriers currently operate to/from (ADD), including (DLH), (MAS), (SAA), Turkish Airlines (THY), and bmi (BMA).
(ETH) increased its cooperation with ASKY Airlines (AKY), in which it has a 25% holding, and introduced new connectivity between West Africa and (ETH)'s network through its hub, Addis Ababa. (ETH) has announced it will transfer its Monrovia operations to ASKY (AKY).
November 2010: Boeing (TBC)'s 900th 777, is Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) first 777-260LR (40770, ET-ANN - - SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-777-260LR-2010-11") delivered. It will be utilized on Addis Ababa - Washington Dulles flights. Westbound to the USA, the airplane will make a technical landing en route.
3 737-8HOs (37933, ET-ANZ; 37936, ET-AOA; 37937, ET-AOB), (ALAFCO) (ALV) leased.
December 2010: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Air China (BEJ) signed an agreement under which the carriers will code share on their 14 weekly services between Addis Ababa on the one hand and Guangzhou and Beijing on the other. (BEJ) announced its intent to reach an agreement with (ETH) back in June. Air China (BEJ) is a member of the Star Alliance (SAL) and Ethiopian (ETH) is in the process of joining. “The code share agreement strengthens (ETH)’s partnership with one of the global airlines in China, allowing passengers of both carriers to have wider choices of services between Asia and Africa,” (ETH) said.
777-260LR (40771, ET-ANO), delivery.
January 2011: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems said that Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed a five-year agreement to use its Lido/TakeOff airplane performance solution.
For the second time in less than two months, Boeing (TBC), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) have partnered to deliver medical equipment to Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia’s largest hospital. The first consignment was delivered in December 2010. Approximately 2,700 pounds/1.2 metric tons of medical supplies were loaded into the cargo hold of a new 777-200LR (longer range) delivered to (ETH) on January 26. Some of the supplies, such as electrical converters and other power items, supplement the anesthesia equipment transported in December. “Through collaborative efforts such as this, Boeing (TBC) is able to help bring relief to people around the world. Black Lion Hospital provides free medical care to the poor and this equipment will improve capabilities there,” said Liz Warman, Director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region.
The supplies will prove vital when a group of 28 Seattle doctors, nurses and technicians travel to Ethiopia next month as part of ongoing humanitarian support to that region. Since 1992, Boeing (TBC) and airline partners, as well as non-profit partners in the Humanitarian Delivery Flights (HDF) program have collaborated on many humanitarian missions. (ETH) is committed to support worthy social activities, which are designed to help build sustainable livelihoods for individuals and the community. SEE ATTACHED - - "ETH-2011-01-TBC."
777-260LR (40772, ET-ANP), delivery.
March 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 5x-weekly, Addis Ababa (ADD) – Hangzhou service, its fourth destination in China, effective May 1. (ETH) operates daily from (ADD) to Beijing and Guangzhou, plus 4x-weekly flights to Hong Kong.
Also starting in May is new (ETH) passenger service to Chennai, a sign that India is an important target market for (ETH) as well. In fact, speaking with the local news source http://www.Nazret.com, (ETH)’s Regional Director for the Indian subcontinent listed Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad as potential new destinations. Even more interesting, he sees India as a future hub for serving East Asia in the coming three or four years. Now that Delhi is disconnected from the Beijing service, he added, the Indian capital could become a stopping point for service to Shanghai and Shenzhen, developing those markets until they’re ready for nonstops. Not neglecting Europe, (ETH) will debut flights to Milan Malpensa in June. And back home in Africa, there’s chatter, specifically in the "Zambia Post," about creating a new airline in Lusaka. It would presumably be modeled after ASKY (AKY), the Togo-based start-up backed by (ETH). Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, would give (ETH) a beachhead in the continent’s south.
April 2011: Rockwell Collins was selected by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to provide its second-generation "dPAVES" high-definition digital overhead audio/video In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for 10 737-800 airplanes.
(ETH) announced an agreement to participate in the 777 Component Services Program (CSP). (CSP) is a parts-provisioning program that significantly reduces the airline’s up-front investment in spare parts and offers a quick and reliable supply of critical parts from a pool shared by participating 777 operators. (ETH) is the 13th airline in the 777 (CSP), which is offered jointly by Boeing (TBC) and Air France Industries (AFI)/(KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (AFI)/(KLM) (E&M). (ETH)’s agreement for the 777 (CSP) initially covers three 777-200LRs (longer range) jetliners, all delivered since November 2010. Two additional deliveries are scheduled for this year, one in late April and the second in the third quarter. The airplanes were ordered in 2009. “The extremely long range of the 777-200LR necessitates a dedicated inventory pool of selected high-value, dispatch-critical components,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO), (ETH). “The (CSP) offers (ETH) significant efficiencies and savings in managing our supply chain by reducing our investment in costly parts inventories.”
May 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and (LAM) Air Mozambique will code share on Addis Ababa - Maputo service.
Aviareps was appointed by (ETH) to serve as its sole partner for global corporate sales in Europe and Asia.
June 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) said that ASKY Airlines (AKY), in which it now holds a 40% stake, is preparing to start long-haul operations. "This is the next step, routes to Europe and to Johannesburg," Ethiopian (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said. "Maybe [AKY] will get a 767 for these new operations.
(AKY) operates three 737-700s and one Bombardier Dash 8-Q400.
Though (AKY) is looking to spread its reach, Gebremariam noted that competition on routes between Africa and other world regions is fierce. International routes to/from Africa "have become overcrowded with many foreign airlines like Emirates (EAD) or SkyTeam (STM) alliance member carriers" attempting to gain market share. "Inner-African routes are still better business," he added.
(ETH) and future Star (SAL) Alliance partners, Egyptair (EGP) and South African Airways (SAA) are evaluating whether to establish a carrier in Central Africa, Gebremariam said. There are six potential countries where the carrier would be based, he explained. "With our membership in the (SAL) Alliance, the alliance will become the dominant player in Africa before SkyTeam (STM) alliance and Emirates (EAD)," he predicted.
Regarding (ETH)'s network, (ETH) will launch its second North American destination when it starts Addis Ababa - Toronto Pearson flights in December. Currently (ETH) serves Washington Dulles daily from Addis Ababa (ADD) using a 777-200LR. The launch of (ADD) – Damascus service has been postponed until further notice owing to the unrest in Syria.
ETH) launched 4x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Malakal, South Sudan service.
(ETH) is expecting the delivery of two new 777F freighters on lease from (GECAS) (GEF) by the end of 2012. Gebremariam noted that "15% of our business comes from cargo." He added that (ETH)'s passenger fleet modernization is proceeding smoothly. "Two of 10 new 737NGs [on order] just arrived and we have 12 A350s and 10 787s on order. The first 787 should be delivered in January 2012 and (ETH) expects to bring a total of four 787s into service next year."
(ETH) currently operates 11 767-300s, with eight of the type slated for retirement by 2016. It also operates four 777-200LRs, eight 757-200ERs, five 737-700s, five 737-800s and eight Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.
July 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched 5x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Milan Malpensa flights.
(ETH) received its fifth 777-200LR.
August 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed an agreement with Canada-based FlightPath International Company to developing and implement a Multi-crew Pilot License training program (MPL). Under the agreement, 24 (ETH) pilots (FC) will be trained as first officers (FC) for 737NGs and another 24 for Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.
The program will launch in October with the first batch of trainees at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy. The cadets will go through four phases of training for about 14 months. The program will prepare the cadets to fly a multi-crew, multi-engine and technologically advanced airplane, and will enable (ETH) to acquire qualified first officers (FC) at a faster rate.
October 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Seychelles service on November 15. (ETH) launched 4x-weekly, Mekele - Bahir Dar - Khartoum Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 service.
(ETH) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) reached a code share agreement under which (ETH) will place its code on (SIA) Singapore - Dubai service and (SIA) will place its code on (ETH) Addis Ababa - Dubai service from November 1.
(ETH) announced an order for four 777F Freighters, making (ETH) the first African carrier to order the twin-engine freighter. The order is valued at approximately $1.1 billion at list prices.
“As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world – between Africa and Europe, Middle East and Asia – the new 777F Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of (ETH). “The proven operational and economical efficiency of these airplanes will reposition (ETH) Cargo in a stronger place to continue winning in this hypercompetitive market.”
The 777F Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles/9,070 kilometers with a full payload of 225,200 pounds/102 metric tons. With high-cargo density and 10-foot/3.1-meter interior height capability, the 777 Freighter provides a cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.
December 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) became the 28th member of the Star Alliance (SAL), as the alliance network in Africa grows. (ETH) is the (SAL)’s third carrier based in Africa, joining Egyptair (EGP) and South African Airways (SAA). (ETH) serves 62 international and 17 domestic destinations.
"Today we have taken a large step forward in completing our Africa strategy," said outgoing (SAL) Alliance (CEO), Jaan Albrecht at the signing ceremony at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport (ADD). "With Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) now part of the Star Alliance (SAL) network, we offer our customers the widest choice of flights connecting to, from and within Africa. Moreover, (ETH) will bring the (SAL) Alliance customer benefits to more markets across Africa, a region of the world in which air travel is enjoying steady growth rates."
With the addition of (ETH), the (SAL) Alliance network in Africa is growing to cover major commercial and political cities of the continent particularly in East, Central and West Africa. The 16 (SAL) Alliance member carriers serving Africa offer more than >750 daily flights to over >110 destinations in 48 countries on the continent, with Addis Ababa, Cairo, and Johannesburg serving as the main hubs.
“We worked hard during the integration process to join the (SAL) Alliance,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said at the ceremony. “(ETH) has fulfilled around 80 necessary requirements to join the (SAL) Alliance in about 14 months.”
Ethiopian Airlines (ET) said that ASKY Airlines (AKY), in which (ETH) holds a 40% stake, is looking for potential investors to enable (AKY) to operate as a multi-hub system within Africa.
(ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said that (AKY), which was founded in 2009, is operated by (ETH) via a five-year management contract. “We are looking for investors like South African Airways (SAA) or Egyptair (EGP) and others.”
Gebremariam said (ETH) is also considering creating a new carrier in Central Africa. “The plan is [to create] a new African airline with (SAA) and (EGP), but we still have to work out the details.”
ASKY (AKY) announced in June it would start long-haul operations.
(AKY) operates three 737-700s and one Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and should grow “with several airplanes every year,” he said.
(ETH)’s fleet of 48 airplanes comprises five 777-200LRs, 11 767-300ERs, seven 757-200s, two 757-200Fs, two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five 737-700NGs, six 737-800NGs and eight Bombardier Dash 8-Q400NGs.
(ETH) has on order 10 787s, 12 A350-900s, and nine 737-800s.
The 787 touched down before the ceremony at (ADD) to kick off the Africa portion of its Dream Tour, a six-month worldwide tour, before traveling to Nairobi, Kenya. During the four-day stop, (ETH) executives and employees, government officials and other guests got the chance to view the airplane, including the interior.
"(ETH) will be the first airline in Africa to operate this great new flying machine," Gebremariam said. “Besides the very painful delay of our [Boeing] 787 for nearly three years, it was worth the wait. We expect the first of four 787s to be delivered in July . By 2025, we want become the leading aviation group in Africa, which currently carries 18 million passengers and 710,000 tons cargo annually.”
Gebremariam said (ETH)’s 767 fleet retirement should be completed in 2013. “One 767-300 is going out right now, another three 757-200s are leaving the fleet [in] February/March 2012,” he said.
The next Star (SAL) Alliance members are expected to be Avianca (AVI)/Taca (TAC) and Copa Airlines (COP), which are slated to join the (SAL) Alliance in the 2012 second quarter.
The "Economist" in its article about Africa's economic prospects, mentioned a number of positive trends: High commodity prices, favorable demography, greater adoption of productive technologies, improving infrastructure, falling barriers to small business creation, more stable governments, better health care, falling trade barriers, more foreign investment, a growing middle class and indeed, greatly improved air links within Africa, thanks to airlines in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa.
FlightPath International and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) have entered into an agreement for the development and implementation of a Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) training program. The two companies will work with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.
Flight Crew International is currently recruiting 737, 757, and 767 Flight Crew (FC) Captains, and MD-11 Captains and First Officers for Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). Applicants can view minimum qualifications and register online at www.flightcrewint.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
January 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has placed an order with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) for blended winglets for its 767-300ERs (a fleet it has already begun to retire).
The order includes three firm and seven options. Installation will take place at the (ETH) Addis Ababa maintenance facility and begin with three airplanes in February.
(ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said last month he expected the 767 fleet retirement to be completed in 2013. "Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has made the choice of purchasing winglets for our 767s because of the enormous performance and operating value they bring,” Gebremariam said. “Specifically from our high altitude hub, the winglets will enhance our take-off performance and increase our payload and flight range, which means additional revenue for the airline."
In 2001, (ETH) became the first 737-700 operator to adopt blended winglets. (APB) said more than >4,600 blended winglet systems are installed with over 160 airlines and estimated that they have saved airlines more than 2.9 billion gallons of jet fuel.
Nine African airlines have come together to purchase airplane fuel jointly, a move the carriers believe will increase their leverage and raise the value and quality of fuel being procured.
According to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the nine airlines participating in the program include Kenya Airways (KEN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), Air Malawi (AML), Air Namibia (NAM), Air Seychelles (ASY), (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air (PRT), Rwandair (RWA) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).
The (AFRAA), which said more of its 32 members could join the program in the future, stated that the joint fuel buying project "is aimed at attaining better and stable unit price of fuel for the participating airlines, assuring quality of the product and supply reliability whilst the relevant fuel suppliers will benefit from higher fuel volumes purchased by airlines. Other areas of focus include addressing the incidents of high taxes, charges and fees levied on fuel, especially in African airports, and lobbying stakeholders for the elimination of monopoly fuel suppliers at some airports."
The carriers will purchase about 700 million liters of fuel in aggregate annually valued at about $1.5 billion. Fuel purchasing contracts for this year have already been jointly negotiated by the nine carriers, the (AFRAA) said. While negotiations are being conducted by the carriers on a joint basis, fuel contracting will still be done by individual airlines.
"The contracts implementation dates will vary, with some airlines starting to purchase fuel under the [jointly] negotiated terms in February 2012," the (AFRAA) stated. "All contracts will, however, end in December 2012 and [be] replaced by new contracts for a full calendar year in 2013 and subsequent years following another bidding, evaluation, negotiation and awarding process to be carried out [jointly by the carriers] during the course of this year."
February 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Dammam service on February 12.
Bombardier (BMB) has received a firm order for five Dash 8-Q400 NextGen aircraft from Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
Based on list prices, the (ETH) transaction is valued at approximately $$160 million. The (ETH) order increases the number of Dash 8-Q400 NextGens purchased by (ETHY) to 13. Two of the five newly ordered airplanes will be operated by (ETH) and three by its affiliate, ASKY Airlines (AKY) of Togo.
“The Dash 8-Q400 NextGen airliner has fully met our expectations for economics, performance and passenger acceptance,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said. “Of great importance to us is the airplane’s high rate of climb, single-engine service ceiling and higher take-off weight, thus greater payload, when operating from our high altitude-hot weather airports.”
Including the new transaction, Bombardier (BMB) has booked firm orders for 420 Dash 8-Q400 and Dash 8-Q400 NextGen aircraft, with 389 delivered as of December 31, 2011, (BMB) said.
March 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 777 Addis Ababa service to Washington Dulles (daily) and Seychelles (11x-weekly) on April 1.
(ETH) has scheduled its first two (of ten) 787-860s to be delivered between April and May this year to operate on routes from its Addis Ababa Bole International (ADD) hub to Dubai International (DXB), Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN), Harare International (HRE), Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo International (JNB), and Lusaka International (LUN).
May 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) took delivery of its second 737-800NG, featuring the "sky interior" product. (ETH) ordered 10 737-800s in December 2009.
July 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed a seven-year contract with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) earlier this month, to provide Integrated Component Solutions (ICS) to its 737NG fleet.
The agreement covers 19 airplanes, comprising 11 in (ETH)’s existing 737NGs plus eight new airplanes on order; it also provides repair cycle management and pool access coverage. This will be supported by the combined (ICS) capabilities and experience of both (ADAT) and (SR) Technics (SWS).
An (ETH) spokesman said that the first of four 787s to be delivered this year has been postponed from July to August. (ETH) has 10 787s on order.
(ETH) is preparing to launch Addis Ababa – Sao Paolo Guarulhos flights, its first service to Latin America. Details will be provided in the near future.
(ETH) announced an order for one additional (sixth) 777-200LR, adding to (ETH)'s fleet of five 777-200LRs. The order is valued at approximately $276 million at list prices.
(ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said, "The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open direct routes from Washington DC to Addis Ababa, as well as Addis Ababa to Beijing, Toronto and other long-range routes. In line with our "Vision 2025," we plan to provide more and more non-stop, long-haul flights to connect east, west, north and south using the strategic location of our Addis Ababa hub," he said.
The 777-200LRs are operated on regional flights from Addis Ababa Bole International (ADD) to Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International (ABV), Dubai International (DXB), Harare International (HRE), Lagos Murtala Muhammad (LOS), Luanda 4 De Fevereiro (LAD) and Lusaka International (LUN) but more importantly on its long-haul routes to Beijing Capital (PEK), Toronto Lester B Pearson International (YYZ) and Washington Dulles International (IAD).
(ETH) operates an all-Boeing (TBC) fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, two MD-11Fs and 747 in cargo operations.
August 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) celebrated the delivery of the first of 10 787s it has on order, 787-860 (34743, ET-AOO "AFRICA FIRST").
“Today begins the first day in a new era of flying for our passengers and brings us even closer to our vision for the future, Vision 2025,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). “We are pleased to be the first airline in the world outside Japan to receive this technologically advanced airplane. We have been waiting for this airplane and now that we officially have it and will show it to the world, I can say with pride, it was worth the wait. This airplane is going to move (ETH) to the forefront of aviation leadership around the globe.”
The 787 Dreamliner is composed of light-weight composites and features numerous system, engine and aerodynamic advancements making it more efficient to operate compared with its competition. It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by passengers.
After receiving the 787 in Seattle, (ETH) flew it four and a half hours to Washington DC (IAD) to display for dignitaries. Later, (ETH)’s 787 Dreamliner made its inaugural trip to Africa with its first revenue flight from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Bole Addis Ababa International Airport. “The fact that we are the first airline outside Japan to receive this ultra modern airplane is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said. He said (ETh) plans to grow its airplane fleet to more than >120 units and its workforce (now numbering around 7,000) to 17,000 by 2025.
(ETH) plans to operate its 787s to Hangzhou in China and destinations in Europe once it receives more of the airplanes. (ETH) currently makes a stop in New Delhi on its daily flight between Addis Ababa and Hangzhou, and operates 757 and 767s on the route.
Gebremariam said recently that (ETH) will operate the 787 on its flights to Washington DC and Guangzhou later this year. (ETH) is currently operating the 787 to various destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
Once it receives its second 787 in September, it will operate the airplane on its daily Washington DC route. It will take delivery of a third and fourth 787 in October and November, respectively, after which it will begin 787 flights to Guangzhou.
(ETH) has ordered 10 787s, and Gebremariam expects all of them to be delivered by the end of 2014. (ETH) also has orders for 12 A350-900s, the first of which will be delivered in 2017.
(ETH) currently owns just over half of its fleet, but plans to own about 60% of its fleet as part of a strategic plan outlining its growth until 2025, says Gebremariam.
(ETH) believes it is well-positioned to be the leading airline on the African continent and eventually compete against any of the world’s top carriers for passengers and cargo.
(CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam didn’t shy away from comparisons with Emirates (EAD) and said that (ETH)-base Addis Ababa airport (ADD) could become a global connecting hub similar to Dubai. “Most of the growth [over the next 10 - 20 years] will come from emerging markets, notably the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)s, and if you draw a line between China, India, Africa and Brazil, [Addis] is strategically located right in the middle of the line,” he said. “We are strategically located to take advantage of that fast growth and the 787 fits the strategy of serving markets within a 10 hour radius with nonstop flights east, west, north and south. It enables us to access a market catchment area of 5.4 billion people in growth economies that will require air mobility.”
(ETH)’s first 787 will be used on routes within Africa “for the time being” to promote the airplane, Tewolde said. But the ultimate focus is on connecting passengers worldwide via (ADD). “The business model is almost the same” as Emirates (EAD), he said. “To any point in the world, it’s just one stop in Addis.”
(ETH) believes it is similarly positioned to be a major cargo player. Next month, it will take delivery of the first of six 777F freighters it has on order. It will be the first African carrier to operate the type.
“Africa is rich in natural resources, particularly oil, and because of that the world is [increasingly] interested” in trade with Africa necessitating air cargo, Tewolde said, adding, “Particularly China is squarely focused on Africa as a strategic location.”
He said (ETH) aims to generate $10 billion in annual revenue by 2025 ((ETH) reported revenue of $1.5 billion in 2011) operating a fleet of 120 passenger and cargo airplanes to 90 international destinations, and also providing (MRO), training and catering services on a third-party basis to other African airlines.
Ethiopian Airways (ETH) has nine more 787 Dreamliners remaining on order. (ETH) was the first African airline to operate the 777-200LR, the first to order the 787 Dreamliner, and the first to order the 777F Freighter. (ETH) currently operates a fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777s, and now 787 airplanes in passenger service and 757F, MD-11F and 747F in cargo operations.
September 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur service on October 31.
(ETH) will take delivery of its first Boeing 777F freighter on September 19, becoming the first African carrier to operate the type.
(ETH) has six 777Fs on firm order, which it placed in October 2011. The second 777F will arrive in October; the remainder will follow in 2014. “We will deploy this 777F on longer routes for carriage of flowers, fruits, and vegetables to expand and improve our cargo services,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebre Mariam said.
(ETH) operates six dedicated freighters to 24 destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Under its "Vision 2015" strategic plan, (ETH) is expanding its cargo operations and is aiming to become the leading aviation group in Africa.
(ETH) took delivery of its first 787 in August, the first carrier outside of Japan to bring the type into its fleet. Later in the month, (ETH) took delivery of its first 777F freighter, becoming the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. The airplane is being leased from (GECAS) (GEF).
(ETh) (CEO), Tewolde GebreMariam said, “As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world (between Africa and Europe, Middle East and Asia) the new 777F freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities.”
October 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is close to an agreement with the government of Zambia to establish a new hub for Southern Africa at Lusaka International airport (LUN) according to the "African Aviation Tribune." Zambia's Ambassador to Ethiopia has confirmed that the two countries have agreed to a yet to be signed air services agreement that would pave the way for (ETH) to set up a base in Lusaka. (ETH) had previously announced back in July that it was actively looking at establishing a third base in the South of the continent following its joint venture ASKY Airlines (AKY), which operates a hub at Lomé Tokoin airport (LFW) in cooperation with (ETH) already.
(ETH) has taken delivery of the first of five reconfigured Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 airplanes. (ETH) is the first airline to take delivery of the newly configured airplanes, which offers seven business (C) class and 60Y economy class seats. It also has reclining seats in economy (Y) class and a hot galley, as well as more luggage capacity, extra overhead bin space and leg room.
(ETH) operates the Dash 8-Q400 on 17 domestic destinations and on regional routes including Djibouti, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar-es-Salam, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Kigali, Juba, Khartoum, and Berbera.
All five re-configured Dash 8-Q400s will be delivered before year end. The airline also plans to re-configure its existing eight Dash 8-Q400s.
Later, (ETH) took delivery of its second 787 Dreamliner. It arrived at Addis Ababa Bole and made its first scheduled flight to Paris the same day. (ETH) is the first African carrier to own and operate the 787.
(ETH) currently operates five flights a week from Paris to Addis Ababa with connecting services to destinations in West, Central and South West Africa such as Cameroun, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Libreville, Douala, Malabo, and Pointe Noire.
(ETH) will use the second 787 on routes to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia.
(ETH) has eight remaining 787s on order; three are expected to be delivered within this fiscal year.
Boeing (TBC) joined with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) to deliver approximately 20,000 pounds/9,000 kilograms of medical supplies to Ethiopia’s largest hospital. The delivery was made to Black Lion Hospital using (ETH)’s third 787 Dreamliner, marking the first time a Dreamliner has been used as part of Boeing (TBC)’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.
“Ethiopian Airlines is one of Boeing’s most active partners in our Humanitarian Delivery Flights program,” said Liz Warman, Director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region. “Our two companies have a long history together not only buying and selling airplanes, but also in leveraging our resources to help those in need.”
The airplane was delivered and flew away from Everett on October 22 and flew directly to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where it landed after an approximately 15-hour nonstop flight.
“Ethiopian Airlines continues to be a leader in corporate social responsibility activities in Ethiopia,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines. “As the flag carrier for the country of Ethiopia, we are viewed as not only an airline but also as a source of vital service for the people of Ethiopia. We are proud and honored to work with Boeing to help our people and country where we have such great needs.”
The shipment includes several anesthesia machines to be used in the hospital’s operating rooms, patient monitoring equipment, as well as intensive care beds and other surgical equipment. (SAO) has more than >20 physicians, nurses and technicians in Addis Ababa who will help set up the equipment and spend the several weeks teaching in the hospital.
“Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines continue to be critical partners and supporters of our organization, helping us get these needed medical supplies to Black Lion Hospital, the largest public hospital and main teaching facility in Ethiopia,” said Dr Julian Judelman, board member of Seattle Anesthesia Outreach. “Thanks to this partnership, we have been able to ship 40 tons of medical equipment over the last two years at little to no cost, which is important for a small non-profit organization like ours.”
The Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is a collaboration effort between Boeing (TBC), airline customers and non-profit organizations to deliver humanitarian aid throughout the world to communities in need or crisis. The humanitarian items are loaded into the empty cargo space of new airplanes being delivered and transported to the customer’s home destination.
(ETH) is committed to support worthy social activities that are designed to help build sustainable livelihoods for individuals, the community and the society in general. In doing so it has left its mark on major social initiatives in Africa.
(ETH) has seven 787 Dreamliners remaining on order. (ETH) is the first African operator of the 787, 777-200LR and 777F Freighter. (ETH) currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service, and has 757, MD11, 777F and 747 airplanes in cargo operations.
Spirit Aftermarket Customer Support signed a supply agreement with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to provide thrust reverser, fuselage and wing component spare parts for (ETH)’s fleet of five 737-700s, seven 737-800Ws, four 757-200s, two 757-260Fs, 12 767-300s, five 777-200LRs and one 787.
Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) signed a 10-year Total Component Support (TCS) contract with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), covering its 10 787s. (DLH) (LTK) already provides component support for (ETH)'s Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and MD-11 airplanes.
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November 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam believes Chinese carriers could be on the cusp of seeking greater cooperation and equity ties with African airlines. Over recent years, Chinese companies have become increasingly active in Africa becoming a key trading partner for the continent. Alongside this growth, Chinese carriers are looking to form new partnerships, such as Hainan Airlines (HNA) Group’s recent investment in French carrier Aigle Azur (AZU).
“I think there will be cooperation with Chinese carriers,” Gebremariam said, speaking at World Travel Market in London. “It could be commercial cooperation, it could be equity investment. So far, the Chinese carriers have been very busy in the huge Chinese domestic market. Going forward, as they go international, cooperation with African carriers will be on their strategic radar.”
(ETH) is growing rapidly and is one of the “big three” African carriers, alongside Kenya Airways (KEN) and South African Airways (SAA). (ETH) is now three years into its "Vision 2025" plan, which will see it grow from 55 to 120 airplanes, from 4.8 million to 18 million passengers and from 181,000 to 820,000 tonnes of cargo.
“We are turning the airline into a diversified airline group,” Gebremariam said. As part of this transition, (ETH) will go from being “an airline with some ancillary services” into a company with a number of dedicated operating centers, including international passenger services, domestic and regional passenger services, Ethiopian cargo, Ethiopian Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian Ground Services and In-flight Catering Services.
(ETH) expanded its South-East Asian presence with services to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). (ETH) now connects Addis Ababa (ADD) with the Malaysian capital with three weekly frequencies as an extension of its existing service to Bangkok (BKK) in Thailand. During the launch, Esayas Woldemariam, Senior VP Global Sales for (ETH), quite unexpectedly announced the strengthening of ties with the soon-to-be Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member, Malaysia Airlines (MAS): “Together with (MAS), we are working on code share and pro-rate agreements, which in due course should bring about significant benefits to both parties.” (ETH) operates the new route with 767-300ERs.
(ETH) will operate Addis Ababa service to Hong Kong (daily) and Bangkok (10x-weekly) beginning November 23 and will operate its Mumbai and Frankfurt service with 787s during the winter season. It will also increase 3x-weekly Abidjan service to daily on November 25 and 4x-weekly Libreville service to daily on November 15.
(ETH) has agreed to lease three 787-8 airplanes from the International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC). Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2015. The 787s will be powered by (GEnx-1B70/75) engines.
(ETH) (CEO), Tewolde GebreMariam said the agreement was in line with (ETH)’s vision 2025 strategic road maps. “(ETH) is scaling up its fast, profitable and sustainable growth” as it brings its 787 fleet to 13 by 2015, he said.
December 2012: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is trying to imitate the international joint venture (JV) strategy pioneered by (LAN) Airlines and copied with much success by AirAsia (ASW) and JetStar (IMU). (ETH) already owns 25% of African Sky or ASKy (AKY), which flies from Lome, Togo, and which just recently announced service to Senegal (finally). (ETH) badly wanted to serve Dakar, one of western Africa's busiest markets, but until now has been blocked by various protectionism restrictions. (AKY)'s new Dakar flights will operate three times per week from Lome via Bamako in Mali. In the meantime, the amazing (ETH) has its designs set on Malawi, Zambia and perhaps some other underserved markets.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is in talks with the Zambian government to establish a joint venture (JV) in Lusaka. (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said, “The new carrier will operate [Bombardier] Dash 8-Q400s and several 737s. We have to clarify the demand of airplanes; operations should start from one year’s time.” He said running an airline in Africa is challenging because “African carriers have only a 20% market share.”
Gebremariam also said (ETH) is considering launching new routes to Madrid, and more points in Africa, Singapore and China. “Chongqing and Chengdu are on the list,” he said. “Our new 777-300ER, which will be delivered next year, will operate to Washington DC as well to Guangzhou.” Gebremariam said China has the largest network for the carrier. (ETH) operates daily flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou.
(ETH) will open a new route from Bole to Sao Paulo Guarulhos in April via Lome where its subsidiary ASKY Airlines (AKY) is based. (ETH) has not yet decided which airplanes it will use on the route.
Gebremariam said the biggest challenges for (ETH) are infrastructure, regulations and oil prices. “A unique challenge for us is that fuel is even more expensive in Africa, sometimes twice as much as Europe,” he said.
(ETH), which is now operating four 787s, remains on track for aggressive growth over the next several years. (ETH) operates the four 787s from its base at Addis Ababa Bole Airport to Frankfurt, Washington Dulles, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Harare and Lusaka.
The 787 Dreamliners have experienced some minor technical problems in the nearly four months (ETH) has been operating the type, but the airplanes are “working fine,” (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said.
Altitude restrictions at the Addis Ababa Bole Airport do not allow nonstop 787 services to Washington Dulles; a technical landing in Rome remains necessary.
Gebremariam said the 787 “is changing the image of the country and the continent, especially as we were the third 787 customer worldwide. (ETH) was always a technological leader in Africa.”
He detailed (ETH)’s aggressive growth plan: “In 2012, we added 14 airplanes and the year before 13 airplanes. Next year , an additional 13 airplanes [are set to be delivered], including several 737s, one 787, one 777-200LR and two 777-300ERs.”
(ETH) aims to grow from 55 airplanes currently to 120 by 2025. “I’m expecting a growth rate of +20% to +30% annually” for the foreseeable future, Gebremariam said.
January 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Blantyre service on March 31.
Kenya Airways (KEN) is expanding its influence in the African market by aligning itself with smaller carriers as it seeks to build its home base of Nairobi as a continental hub. This includes promoting greater cross-border cooperation and fostering economic development among nations which jealously guard their independence, despite the clear evidence that this has been a fundamental cause of their problems.
(KEN) as Africa’s fourth largest carrier and the continent's only member of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance is focusing on airlines in southern Africa, having already brought (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Air Botswana (BOT), Air Malawi (AML) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG) into the fold.
On December 20 2012, (KEN) and RwandAir (RWA) announced plans to form a strategic partnership and build stronger relations including improved synergies in scheduling, reservation systems and a combined frequent flyer plan. The partnership will also strengthen the airlines' cargo, maintenance and flight training operations.
Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airways (ETH) looks to strengthen its Addis Ababa hub, as the Gulf carriers (now partnering with some global alliance airlines) expand their global networks across Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), based in one of the world's poorest countries, has had an impressive track record in recent years. It joined the Star (SAL) Alliance and became the first African airline to take delivery of the 787. Now, with its 787 fleet growing, (ETH) has to make the next transformation—upgrading its on board product to industry-standard levels. (ETH) aims to build a long-haul network between Africa and Asia, so it must compete not only with the on board products of Asian airlines, but also with those of the big three Persian Gulf carriers ((EAD), (EHD) & (QTA)). In its efforts to quadruple sales by 2025, (ETH) also has to further develop its African network and its Togo-based affiliate, ASKY Airlines (AKY).
February 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa to Blantyre and Ndola, Zambia service on March 31.
(ETH) has renewed a five-year agreement with Travelport, which will see (ETH) continue to distribute Travelport’s Galileo products and services in the country.
Air Malawi ((IATA) Code: QM, based at Blantyre Chileka International (BLZ)) (AML) has suspended all remaining operations on Wednesday, February 13, returning its single 737-244 (22591, ZS-SIL) to the South African lessor, SafAir (SFA). It has also laid off -90% of its staff, 243 employees, on the same day retaining the remainder of its staff to close down the company making way for a new Air Malawi (AML) to be launched later this year. The Malawian government's Public Private Partnership Commission has announced the results of its tender process on Friday, February 15 selecting Ethiopian Airlines ((IATA) Code: ET, based at Addis Ababa Bole International (ADD)) (ETH) as its partner for a successor of Air Malawi (AML). Ethiopian (ETH) will hold a 49% stake in the new airline with 20% to be held by the government and the remaining 31% by Malawian individuals or companies that Ethiopian Airlines (ETHY) is free to choose.
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March 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to add three new Asian destinations to its network from June 18: Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Seoul.
From June 18, (ETH) will also begin operating flights directly from its Addis Ababa base to Hong Kong daily. It currently serves Hong Kong 4x-weekly via Bangkok. Ho Chi Minh City will become part of a 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur - Ho Chi Minh City routing using a 767-300ER. There will be a 4x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur routing that will not extend to Ho Chi Minh City.
(ETH) indicated Manila and Seoul will be served via Hong Kong. It did not specify frequencies for those cities.
(ETH) said it will serve Asia from Addis Ababa via two gateway cities. “Bangkok will serve mainland Southeast Asia and Hong Kong will serve East Asian cities,” (ETH) stated.
An (ETH) representative said (ETH) would use the Boeing 787 on at least some of these routes if the airplanes’s grounding is lifted. (ETH) has four 787 Dreamliners in its fleet and six more on order. Otherwise, it will likely use 767s on the routes.
(CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said that the new Asian destinations are a “continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world by adding multiple points in Asia and serving the air connectivity needs of the continent.”
He said last year that (ETH)’s eventual goal is to turn Addis Ababa into a Dubai-like connecting hub.
(ETH) has Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and (FAA) approval to perform full airframe maintenance on Bombardier (BMB) Dash 6-Q100, Dash 6-Q200 and Dash 8-Q300s, in addition to its existing Dash 8-Q400 airplane capability.
April 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Oman Air (OMR) have launched a code share arrangement on Addis Ababa - Muscat with (ETH) 737NGs. The 4x-weekly service will be flown by (ETH) and marketed by (OMR).
(ETH) will extensively expand its network in 2013, adding Asian destinations as well as increasing its footprint in Africa and linking the two high growth regions to South America.
In Africa, (ETH) added flights to Blantyre in Malawi and Ndola in Zambia on March 31, 2013, increasing its African network to 45 destinations, including 16 domestic points. (ETH) also has begun negotiations with the Malawi Government to take a 49% strategic stake in failed flag carrier Air Malawi (AML) after being selected as the preferred bidder among eight chosen applicants.
The Asian network will be expanded with the addition of Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul Incheon in June 2013 operating from (ETH)’s existing Asian hubs: Hong Kong and Bangkok. And (ETH) will become the first African carrier to take advantage of the natural transfer traffic synergies that link the three regions, and form part of its strategy to develop its Addis Ababa base into a Dubai-style hub of Africa.
(ETH) is to take two new 777-300ERs on 12-year lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALE). (ETH) will take delivery of the two 777s in May and June 2015. “These two new 777-300ERs are critical for our rapidly expanding non-stop long-haul routes,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said.
(ETH) serves 72 international destinations, but is aiming to grow this total to 90 under its "Vision 2025" plan.
On April 27th, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) resumed 787 commercial flights for the first time since its fleet of four 787 Dreamliners was grounded in January, following incidents of overheating in the batteries providing auxiliary power.
Teams of Boeing (TBC) engineers (MT) have been fitting new batteries to the 787s. Nearly 50 787 Dreamliners around the world had been out of commission after two incidents on jets operated by Japanese airlines.
The flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was the first new 787 commercial flight.
May 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has detailed its previously declared plans to serve Seoul, South Korea's capital, with four weekly flights starting June 18. Seoul will be (ETH)'s 73rd international destination. (ETH) will be the sole operator on the route.
Calling itself Africa's fastest growing airline, (ETH) is chasing business between northeast Asia and Africa, connecting South Korea to Johannesburg and Lagos. Ethiopia happens to be the world's most populous land-locked country, which means aviation pays a big part in the growth of its economy.
(ETH) will begin its first flight to South America with service beginning July 1 to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 3X-weekly service will be operated through (ETH)’s second hub at Lomé, Togo. The service will be flown by (ETH)’s 787, of which it currently has four.
(ETH) will coordinate the Brazil flights with it partner airline in West Africa, ASKY (AKY), to give connections in Africa. This new service will bring the total number of cities served by (ETH) to 74 on five continents. “Our new Brazil flights will provide efficient connections with 28 weekly flights to four destinations in China, 14 weekly flights to the two major cities in India, daily flights to Lebanon, five weekly flights to Tel Aviv, and almost daily flights to 45 cities across Africa,” (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said.
June 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is weighing potential compensation for the 787 grounding. (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said the grounding caused an image impact as well as a financial hit. “Boeing (TBC) has done everything to bring the 787 back into the air. The next step is how to handle this situation and that will be part of our discussions,” he said.
(ETH) is considering an order for additional 787s for delivery after 2017, (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam confirmed. “Yes, we intend [to order more 787s] but we have not yet determined the numbers,” Gebremariam said. He said (ETH)’s fifth 787 will arrive next month in Addis Ababa. “Next year, we expect four or five additional 787s to arrive.”
July 2013: INCDT: Runways at London’s Heathrow airport have reopened after a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) 787-860 Dreamliner jet (GEnx-1B64) (44-34744, /12 ET-AOP "Queen of Sheba" - - SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-2013-07 - INCDT 787 QUEEN OF SHEBA"). Arrivals and departures were suspended after the incident at 16:30 BST. No passengers were aboard at the time. The fire broke out inside the (ETH) 787 jet on Friday evening, July 12th, forcing Heathrow to shut down its runways at peak evening traffic time. Photographs of the 787 show what appears to be fire damage on the top of the rear fuselage.
Boeing (TBC) faced a public and revealing test of the carbon-composite technology used in the 787 Dreamliner following the fire that broke out. British investigators said that the (ETH)’s lithium-ion batteries likely did not cause Friday’s fire, allaying fears about a return of the problem that grounded the Dreamliner for more than three months earlier this year, when one battery caught fire and another overheated.
Wall Street, and passengers, so far appear little concerned: the stock is expected to stabilize after slipping -4.7% from a near all-time high. Airlines are keeping their 787s in the air and passengers are not canceling trips in Japan, the 787's biggest market.
But the visible scorching on the top rear of the fuselage of the 250-seat plane puts a major innovation of the 787 (its lightweight, carbon-plastic composite construction) under the spotlight with a fresh set of questions around the plane that Boeing (TBC) and investors had hoped were behind it. The key question for both: can the burned plane be fixed easily and at a reasonable cost?
Later, Honeywell (SGC) joined the investigation into the (ETH) 787 fire, as the focus shifted to components, including the emergency locator transmitter (ELT). The (ELT) is one of several components which were looked at in detail as part of the investigation, a UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said.
The (ELT) is available on the majority of commercial airplanes and is located toward the rear of the 787. It is powered by non-rechargeable lithium manganese dioxide batteries, which are also found in a range of personal electronic devices such as digital cameras. Lithium manganese dioxide batteries are not the same as the lithium ion batteries, which were behind the three-month 787 grounding that ended in April. In 2012, the (FAA) issued a warning about lithium metal (non-rechargeable) and lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries being carried as cargo following the September 3, 2010 crash of a (UPS) 747-400F freighter in Dubai.
“Honeywell (SGC) has been participating in the (ETH)’s 787 fire investigation. It’s far too premature to speculate on the cause, or draw conclusions. Our (ELT) products have been certified by the (FAA) since 2005, are used on a number of airplane models, and we’ve not seen nor experienced a single reported issue on this product-line,” (SGC) Director Global Media & Analyst Relations, Steve Brecken said.
The (AAIB) is likely to evaluate a range of sub-systems and wiring as part of its ongoing investigation into the fire.
The (AAIB) has recommended that the (SGC) emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on all in-service 787s be temporarily made “inert” following the fire. In a special bulletin, the (AAIB) said the fire damage suffered by the (ETH) 787 coincided with the location of the (ELT) and its related wiring. “There are no other airplane systems in this vicinity which, with the airplane unpowered, contain stored energy capable of initiating a fire in the area of heat damage,” the bulletin stated. The (AAIB) said it had found “indications of disruption” to the (ELT)’s lithium-manganese dioxide batteries, although it was unclear whether the combustion was triggered by the batteries themselves or by an external cause, such as an electrical short circuit. “Detailed examination of the (ELT) and the possible mechanisms for the initiation and sustaining of the fire in this airplane continues.”
Over 6,000 (ELT)s of this design have been fitted to a wide range of airplanes and the (AAIB) said this was the “only significant thermal event” to date, making it “extremely rare.” However, the (AAIB) cautioned that a similar event in-flight could pose “a significant safety concern” given that the space above the cabin ceiling is not typically equipped with fire detection or suppression equipment.
“It is recommended that the [FAA] initiate action for making inert the Honeywell International (SGC) RESCU406AFN fixed emergency locator transmitter system in 787s until appropriate airworthiness actions can be completed,” the (AAIB) bulletin said. It also recommended that the (FAA) and other regulatory authorities perform a safety review of lithium-powered (ELT) installations on other airplane types and take airworthiness action where needed.
Boeing (TBC) issued a statement saying it supported the two recommendations, which it described as “reasonable precautionary measures” during the ongoing investigation. “We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity,” (TBC) said.
The (ETH) 787 suffered “extensive heat damage” to its upper rear fuselage from the July 12 incident, including “significant” damage to its insulation and composite structure. Smoke from the parked, unoccupied airplane was spotted by the air traffic control (ATC) tower. Fire crews on the scene “encountered thick smoke” in the cabin and saw “indications of fire” above the ceiling panels. The panels were removed and the fire was extinguished.
Air Malawi ((IATA) Code: QM, based at Blantyre) (AML) has officially been replaced by Malawian Airlines (Blantyre) (AML), the product of successful negotiations between the Malawian government and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) begun earlier this year. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Malawian Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC), Mr Jimmy Lipunga, said the deal was now done, with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) holding a 49% stake, while 31% would be open to Malawian investors with the Government holding the rest (20%). The Ernst & Young team that is working on the Air Malawi project is the same team which helped in the establishment of ASKY Airlines ((IATA) Code: KP, based at Lomé) (AKY) in 2010, in Togo. Mr Lipunga further added that USD 20 million would be injected into the new company to capitalize it, while Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) would introduce two airplanes (likely Dash 8-400s). Air Malawi Ltd is currently being liquidated with its former fleet (a 737-300, a 737-500 and an ATR 42-300) now up for sale to help raise funds to offset the former national carrier's debt burden.
Later, Malawian Airlines (AML) will launch operations with a 737-800 and a Dash 8-400 sourced from 49% shareholder, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), it has emerged. According to Mr Jimmy Lipunga, the head of Malawi's Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC), the airline will target Lilongwe, Blantyre, Karonga, and Mzuzu domestically, while regionally flights to Johannesburg O R Tambo, Harare International, Lusaka, Dar-es-Salaam and Luanda are planned. In the medium term, he added, the airline would explore intercontinental flights to new destinations "such as São Paulo Guarulhos in Brazil" to take advantage of growing Brazilian interests in Southern Africa. Industry analysts have speculated as to a possible mirroring of the model used by (ETH)'s successful West African venture, ASKY Airlines (AKY), which also initially focussed on building a strong short-haul network before venturing further afield. Mr Lipunga also stated that the airline's original launch date of July 1 had been delayed owing to differences in opinion between the Malawian government and (ETH) on the airline's name. (ETH) successfully argued that a full re-branding would help distance the new carrier from the battered, tarnished image of predecessor, Air Malawi, while helping to protect the new venture from what he termed "predatory creditors."
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has confirmed it will take a 49% stake in newly created Malawian Airlines (AML), after inking a shareholder agreement for the new carrier in Lilongwe on July 11. Co-owners in the Air Malawi successor will include the Malawian government and private Malawian investors, which will jointly own 51% of the airline.
“Through this strategic partnership, (ETH) and the newly formed Malawian Airlines (AML) will harmonize their flight schedules so as to provide seamless and best connectivity options for travelers within, to and from the Southern Africa region. The establishment of multiple hubs in Africa is an overarching strategy of our Vision 2025,” Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said.
Under its 15-year "Vision 2025" strategy, (ETH) is planning to create multiple African hubs as it seeks to generate $10 billion in annual revenues by 2025. Lilongwe will become (ETH)’s third key airport, joining its main base in Addis Ababa and West African hub in Lome, home to its West African partner ASKY (AKY).
Gebremariam stressed that “partnerships are a must” for indigenous African airlines to succeed. SkyTeam (STM) alliance rival, Kenya Airways (KEN) is also looking for a West African partner, although it has struggled to find a suitable carrier.
(ETH) became the first East African carrier to serve South America, when it commenced services on the route from its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Sao Paulo (GRU) on July 1st. The service, which was initially planned to begin in December 2012, but was postponed owing to unfavorable slots at the Brazilian airports, operates vie Lome in Togo, the hub for (ETH)’s subsidiary ASKY Airlines (AKY). Thrice-weekly services are offered on the 10,300 km route, which is operated using 787s.
Bombardier (BMB) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to make (ETH)'s Technical division an authorised service facility for Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops. The facility has completed the necessary audits and the agreement will become official by late August, says Bombardier (BMB).
(ETH) will be authorised to provide Line & Heavy Maintenance on Dash 8-Q400 and Dash 8-Q400 NextGen models at its base at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. (ETH) operates a fleet of nine Dash 8-Q400 NextGen turboprops. (ETH)'s hangar will be the eighth facility authorized by (BMB) for commercial airplane maintenance.
(ETH) will have the second Bombardier (BMB) authorised service facility in Africa.
The site of a new airport to serve Ethiopia's Addis Ababa has been moved from Modjo, south-east of the capital, to the town of Tagi, roughly 18 miles/30 km west of the city. The new facility will replace the current Bole International Airport, which is due to surpass its maximum capacity in the next five years. Bole's apron has been expanded and the concourse between Terminals 1 and 2 extended to cope with the current increase in numbers.
August 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is set to become the first international carrier to begin flights to the south-eastern Nigerian city of Enugu. Four weekly flights are tentatively scheduled to commence from August 24 using a 737-800. (ETH) currently serves Lagos and Abuja. (ETH) also is to increase its 5x-weekly, Abuja service to daily.
Ethiopian Cargo is partnering with African regional carrier, ASKY Airlines (AKY) to set up a cargo hub in Lomé, Togo. (ETH) is set to launch Lomé as its second cargo hub outside Addis Ababa with effect from August 15. In addition to direct flights to Addis Ababa and to Liège, regional operations will include flights to Accra, Douala, Bamako, Abidjan, Abuja, Malabo, Ouagadougou, Port Harcourt Omagwa and Cotonou to be operated using a 737-400F.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will dry-lease a former Brussels Airlines (EBA) 737-43Q, (28493), from Aviation Capital Group (CGP) following its conversion into a 737-400F freighter. The airplane will likely be deployed to the airline's newly inaugurated Lomé cargo hub where, it is understood, it will be wet-leased to Ethiopian's West African subsidiary, ASKY Airlines (AKY), as part of a joint venture (JV) initiative.
ASKY Airlines (AKY) is reportedly considering turning Kumasi in central Ghana into a secondary hub through the launch of direct flights to various West African capital cities and commercial centers. Mr Busera Awel, the (CEO) of (AKY), said that in line with its strategy to link all capitals in Africa, (AKY) is choosing regional over domestic routes with initial destinations to include Abidjan and Ouagadougou. "Very soon, the airport will be ready for operations. It [flying directly from Kumasi to other West Africa Countries] was part of our 2015 plan. But very soon the airport will be ready and we will fit it into our plans. It’s easy [to operate from Kumasi to other West African destinations]. It doesn’t need a lot of investment.” The Ghana Airport Company states that Kumasi is currently undergoing rehabilitation and repairs to its terminal and its runway with improvements to the tune of US $173 million. Meanwhile, Ghanaian domestic carrier, Starbow Airlines ((IATA) Code: S9, based at Accra) (IKM), says it will resume regional flights to Cotonou and Abidjan but only when "market dynamics are right." Starbow (IKM) is also amongst the contenders for a possible Accra to Lagos route, pending the necessary approval by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. Africa World Airlines ((IATA) Code: AW, based at Accra), Antrak Air ((IATA) Code: O4, based at Accra) (ABV), Fly540 Ghana ((IATA) Code: 5G, based at Accra) (FOX) and even Gambia Bird ((IATA) Code: 3G, based at Banjul) (GMQ) have all announced plans to begin flights to Nigeria, but claim their moves have so far been blocked by the Nigerian authorities.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) currently serves 54 countries, 87 destinations and 140 routes.
September 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has inaugurated services between Addis Ababa (ADD) and Enugu (ENU) with the introduction of four weekly rotations. Enugu will become (ETH)'s third Nigerian destination with the major African airline and flag carrier for Ethiopia already serving Abuja five times weekly, and Lagos, daily. Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) operates the new service using 737-800s and has no competition on the 3,455 km sector. The historic flight marked the start of Enugu Airport’s international services, and is part of its transition to become an international airport in which it has undergone a three phase renovation and expansion program.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has outlined plans to quadruple its Ethiopian Aviation Academy annual student intake by 2025 as part of its "Vision 2025" strategic plan. “From just a little over >200 trainees’ annual intake capacity a few years ago, our academy can now accommodate over 1,000 trainees annually. The aim is to reach 4,000 trainees annual in-take capacity by 2025, with half of our academy’s capacity catering for the growing training need in Africa and supporting other sister airlines in the continent,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said.
(ETH) is just about to inaugurate a new Flight Operations and Training building, which will house five full-flight simulators covering the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, 737NG, 757/767 and 787. Three of these (the Dash 8-Q400, 787 and second 737NG simulator) are new.
“Human Resource (HR) development is one of the four pillars of our "Vision 2025." We are investing heavily to expand the intake capacity of our academy and to introduce the latest technologies and teaching methods such as the (ICAO)-certified multi-license pilot (FC) training,” Gebremariam said.
October 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is to open a new route from Addis Ababa to Singapore on December 3rd, marking the only direct service between the two countries. (ETH) plans to operate three times a week with a Boeing 767-300 subject to regulatory approval.
“Singapore is a major and preferred gateway to Asia and Australia. That is why we have decided to make Singapore our main strategic point of access to the Oceania market and its huge Ethiopian/African Diaspora community by availing excellent connectivity options through our code share agreement with fellow Star Alliance member, Singapore Airlines (SIA),” said (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam.
(ETH) already operates to a number of Asian destinations including Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Mumbai.
Boeing (TBC) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) announced an agreement to double wire harness production at Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s Wire Harness Facility. The Wire Harness Facility, based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, opened in 2009 and currently supplies seat-to-seat wire harnesses for all Boeing commercial airplane programs. Following this announcement, Boeing (TBC) and (ETH) will place additional work at the facility, which will double its output by the end of 2014. With support from (TBC), (ETH) will manufacture more varied and complex wire harnesses, expanding its value as an aerospace supplier.
This agreement was signed at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial USA - Africa Business Summit in Chicago, designed to develop closer business relationships between African and USA industries.
“Today’s agreement opens a new chapter in the +60 plus years of mutually beneficial partnership between (ETH) and (TBC). It is also a concrete testament that (ETH) is no longer just an airline but is transforming itself into an aviation service provider of quality products, utilizing the latest technology,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of (ETH), and recipient of the African Business Leader of the Year award by the Corporate Council on Africa in 2012. “In line with our "Vision 2025," we have re-structured our maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division into a strategic business unit that will develop new capabilities, enabling it to become the most competitive and leading provider of commercial airplane (MRO) services in Africa.”
The increased output in Addis Ababa has been made possible by the Wire Harness Facility’s ability to consistently deliver high-quality products. In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s facility was recognized by Boeing (TBC) for its outstanding performance and awarded a gold rating in (TBC)’s Performance Excellence Awards (the highest rating a Boeing supplier can achieve). “This agreement is testament to the world-class competitiveness and capabilities of Ethiopian industry,” said Van Rex Gallard, VP Sales for Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). “Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines already share a rich history based on trust, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence. The expansion of work in developing wire harnesses is another significant chapter in the long shared history between both companies.”
Celebrating 66 years of partnership with Boeing (TBC), (ETH) currently operates a passenger fleet dominated by (TBC) airplanes, including Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787s and a cargo fleet that includes 757Fs, an MD-11F and 777F Freighters.
(ETH) currently serves 76 destinations across five continents and was recently awarded African Business of the Year at the annual African Business Awards.
November 2013: Boeing (TBC) has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet (SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-777-300ER - 2013-11") to (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
“The introduction of the 777-300ER into our fleet is a major milestone, as it will be our biggest airplane with a 400 seat capacity. The (ETH) 777-300ER will give our passengers the best possible travel experience with its spacious cabin interior, high ceiling, advanced in-flight entertainment (IFR) system, increased stowage capability and additional cargo uplift flexibility,” said Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). “The airplane will be deployed on our long haul non-stop routes to the USA and China and will give us exceptional range capability and fuel efficiency.”
(ETH)’s first 777-300ER will seat nearly 400 passengers in a two-class configuration and perfectly complements its existing fleet of six 777-200LR (Longer Range) airplanes by providing additional capacity and flexibility on popular routes, such as Guangzhou, Washington DC, and Dubai. In future months, an additional three 777-300ERs with join (ETH)’s continuously expanding fleet, providing (ETH) with more options on new and existing routes across Africa and beyond.
The 777-300ER can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles/14,490 km and is equipped with (GE90-115B) engines. (ETH)’s 777-300ER also features the Boeing Signature Interior that offers wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility.
(ETH) currently serves 76 destinations across five continents and was recently awarded "African Business of the Year" at the annual African Business Awards. (ETH)’s partnership with Boeing stretches back over six decades, with a current fleet of nearly 50 Boeing (TBC) airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet that includes 757s, 777Fs and a MD-11F.
(ETH) will add its new 777-300ER to its densest routes: 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Luanda beginning November 10; 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Guangzhou, November 15; and Addis Ababa - Washington DC (IAD) will be added in June 2014.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has resumed flights between Addis Ababa (ADD) and Niamey (NIM) in the Republic of Niger. On November 20th (ETH) began serving the 4,030 km route with four weekly flights operated by (ETH)'s 167-seat 757-200s. Niamey thus becomes (ETH)’s 47th destination in Africa.
Middle East lessor Palma Holdings has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for four Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s, plus four options, which will be placed with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
December 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) now serves Singapore (SIN), the airline’s 78th international destination, with the introduction of 3x-weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. The first flight on the 7,270 km sector took place on December 3rd, and was operated by a 767-300.
(ETH) launched a new route from Addis Ababa (ADD) on December 14th to Semera (SZE). The domestic sector will be served 3x-weekly, utilizing (ETH)’s 69-seat Dash 8-Q402s, and will face no competition. Commenting on the launch, Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of (ETH) said: “As the national carrier of Ethiopia, we have a duty to establish extensive domestic network and air connectivity that enables the flow of tourism, business, investment and trade to all parts of the country. Today, Ethiopian Regional Services covers 18 domestic points, the largest domestic network in Africa. Now that Semera airport is ready, we are very happy to start our flights and to support the region’s economic development.”
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has selected Rockwell Collins to provide the full suite of avionics equipment for its new and growing fleet of Boeing 777s, which includes 10 airplanes. The selection includes Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan Threat Detection System, (GLU)-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and (SATCOM).
(ETH) Group (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam received the 2013 "African Airline of the Year" award from (IATA) (CEO) Tony Tyler at the 45th African Airlines Association, Annual General Assembly meeting in Mombasa, Kenya, attended by >370 airline executives from 55 African countries.
(ETH) commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than >76 international destinations across five continents. The (ETH) fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly airplanest such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LRF Freighter and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 with double cabin. In fact, (ETH) is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these airplanes. (ETH) is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called "Vision 2025" that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian (MRO); Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of +25% in the past seven years.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has signed a 10-year OnPoint agreement with (GEC) for (MRO) on (GE90)s powering 16 Boeing 777s.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is expanding its air cargo fleet with the acquisition of four new Boeing 777-200 LR Freighter airplanes. The purchase will occur under a pre-delivery payment loan financing agreement with the Eastern & Southern African Trade & Development Bank (PTA Bank). Delivery is scheduled to begin in fall 2014.
(ETH) operates the largest cargo fleet in Africa, currently using six dedicated freighter airplanes to 24 destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of (ETH) said the new airplanes will help support the carrier's newly established cargo hub in Lome, Togo with its partner airline ASKY Airlines (AKY).
"We are phasing in the latest technology cargo airplanes with the aim of supporting Ethiopia's exports and the booming trade between Africa and the rest of the world. The 777-200LRF Freighters have proven capabilities that are ideal for the transport of perishables," said Gebremariam.
January 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will operate a daily, Addis Ababa to Shanghai Pu Dong service from March 29. Outbound flight ET684 will depart Addis Ababa at 11:30 pm and arrive at Shanghai at 5:15 pm the following day, while return service ET685 will leave Shanghai at 12:35 am and land at Addis Ababa at 6:55 am.
El Al (ELA) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will code share on Tel Aviv - Addis Ababa service.
(ETH) placed an order for a further eight 787s last year, bringing the total number of 787s it has on order to 13. (ETH) currently has five 787 Dreamliners in its fleet.
(ETH) became the first carrier to operate a commercial 787 flight between Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Kenya.
(ETH) has mandated Natixis as (PDP) Facility Lead Arranger and Eastern & Southern African Trade & Development Bank (PTA Bank) as (PDP) Facility Co-Arranger to provide pre-delivery payment loan financing for its batch of four new Boeing 777-200LRF freighter airplanes, to be delivered between fall 2014 and winter 2015.
February 2014: Ethiopian Airlines ((IATA) Code: ET, based at Addis Ababa) (ETH) is planning to launch an Addis Ababa to Los Angeles International via Dublin International flight in 2015, (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam has revealed. Mr Tewolde said that subject to regulatory approval, the route could go live as early as January next year. (ETH) is believed to have chosen Dublin, given the presence of USA customs and immigration pre-clearance facilities at the airport. While no mention of any Fifth Freedom rights has been made, any move to secure Dublin to Los Angeles traffic rights would likely encounter stiff resistance from Aer Lingus (ARL) which three years ago opposed an Air India (AIN) initiative to use Dublin as its new European hub on its one-stop flights between India and the USA.
Ethiopian Airlines begins daily, Addis Ababa - London (LHR) Boeing 787 service on July 8.
Middle East lessor Palma Holding has firmed up an order for four Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s and four options, finalizing a letter of intent (LOI) that was inked at the Dubai Air Show in November.
The airplanes, which are to be placed with rapidly expanding Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), are valued at $282 million at list prices. Palma has teamed up with joint venture (JV) partner, Ibdar Bank on the (ETH) deal.
(ETH) will take the airplanes in a two-class configuration. (ETH) operates 13 Dash 8-Q400s, of which five are fitted with a dual-class cabin. (ETH) launched this layout on the Dash 8-Q400 and Palma has become the first lessor to take a dual class Dash 8-Q400.
“The two-class configured Dash 8-Q400 NextGen airplanes provides customers like Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) with operational flexibility, as well as excellent route and lease structures prospects,” Palma Holdings President, Moulay Omar Alaoui said.
(ETH) has outlined plans to double its Dash 8-Q400 fleet from 13 to at least 26 airplanes by 2025, but it could go further, depending on the needs of sister airlines ASKY (AKY)and Malawian Airlines, which were not included in its original fleet plan. It recently took delivery of a new (CAE) Dash 8-Q400 full-flight simulator (FFS) and it has been designated as a Dash 8-Q400-authorized service facility.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is poised to order 20 narrow bodies within six months, which could see it upgrade to Boeing 737 MAXs or switch from its all-737 narrow body fleet to a dual fleet with the introduction of Airbus A320neo family airplanes.
March 2014: Om March 29th, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, launched its maiden nonstop flight to Shanghai, China's largest city and commercial hub.
Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) said by flying to 80 destinations in five continents, "we are the fastest growing African Airline, the most profitable African Airline and the largest international network African Airlines. We will connect Shanghai with 48 African destinations and Brazil every single day. With 28 weekly flights to China, China is the single largest country network in the (ETH) system. (ETH) has been operating flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong. After including Shanghai, (ETH) will offer connectivity from five major cities in China to 48 cities in Africa.
(ETH) plans 787 services to Tokyo, Manila and Jakarta.
April 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) starts 4x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Kano service on May 24.
May 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) commenced operations to its fourth destination in Nigeria on May 24th, launching four weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Kano (KAN), operated via Enugu. The 3,330 km sector will be served utilizing the Star Alliance (SAL) member’s 171-seat 757-200s. There is no competition on the new airport pair.
(ETH) will increase from 6x-weekly to daily, its Boeing 787 Addis Ababa - London Heathrow service on July 8.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has taken delivery of its seventh Boeing 787. It will take delivery of a further three of the type this year.
June 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) increased 2x-daily, Addis Ababa - Nairobi services to 4x-daily with Boeing 737-800s. (ETH) began 4x-weekly Addis Ababa - Vienna service.
737-860 (40967, ET-AQN) (AWAS) (AWW) leased, 787-8 (34750, ET-ADV), Charleston +29, and Dash 8-Q402 (4472, ET-ARM), ex-(C-GZED) deliveries.
SEE ATTACHED - - "ETH-2014-06-787 FIRE REPORT-A/B."
July 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) began daily, Addis Ababa - London Heathrow (LHR) Boeing 787 service. (ETH) will begin 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Rome - Madrid service on September 2.
RwandAir (RWA) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) have been granted 5th freedom traffic rights between Entebbe/Kampala and Juba by the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) just days after the country's largest international operator, Air Uganda ((IATA) Code: U7, based at Entebbe/Kampala) (AUA), announced it was suspending operations indefinitely.
“We have had fruitful discussion and that is what we have always been looking at. We are setting aside a plane for that route as a way of accommodating the anticipated traffic. We are positive that this will be a great boost to both parties,” (ETH)'s Entebbe Station Manager, Abebe Angessa, told the "New Vision" newspaper.
The move to award the carriers the rights has been greeted with anger by the country's aviation sector, which blames the (UCAA)'s incompetence and lack of professionalism for failing its most recent International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-backed audit Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP). In the wake of the results, the (UCAA) revoked the (AOC)s of all locally-based international operators (among them Uganda Air Cargo ((ICAO) Code: UCC, based at Entebbe/Kampala) and Transafrik International ((ICAO) Code: TFK, based at Luanda) forcing them to reapply.
In its defense, the (UCAA) has said the airlines in question were at fault claiming the revocation of their (AOC)s was warranted on the grounds that each had allegedly suffered from safety oversights and shortcomings.
(ETH) has taken delivery of its eighth Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (ETH) will take delivery of a further two 787s in 2014.
August 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and United Airlines (UAL) will begin code sharing on August 30 on Addis Ababa - Washington Dulles service and other points in Ethiopia and the USA. The airlines are both Star (SAL) Alliance members.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has announced that the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest aviation academy in Africa, has joined (IATA)’s global training partner network as an (IATA) Authorized Training Center.
Founded on December 21st 1945, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (formerly known as Ethiopian Air Lines until 1965) is the flag carrier of Ethiopia, headquartered in Addis Ababa. The wholly government-owned carrier has established itself as the third largest airline in Africa, with a weekly seat share of 6.2%, behind South African Airways (SAA) and EGYPTAIR (EGP). (ETH) itself promotes the fact that it operates a fleet of 68 airplanes (including Boeing and Bombardier airplane types). However, its strategic plan is to incorporate an additional 30 airframes into its fleet in the following years, out of which, 14 are A350-900s. A Star (SAL) Alliance member since December 2011, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has been growing without interruption in recent years, as analysis of seat capacity reveals that around 200,000 weekly seats will be offered this September, and +45% more since three years ago.
Examination of (ETH)’s traffic data indicates that (ETH) handled 5.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (a new record high), representing an increase of +13% when compared to (FY) 2012 figures. Even though its load factor went down -0.6% LF, the financial year ending June 2013 was not a bad year for (ETH), as it managed to grow its total revenue by +9.2% to $2.15 billion, as well as its (ASK)s by +15%. SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "ETH-2014-08 - TRAFFIC GROWTH." Looking at passenger development between (FY) 2004 and (FY) 2013, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s traffic has visibly accelerated, with an impressive average annual growth rate (CAGR) of +16% over this period. Furthermore, (ETH)’s load factors have fluctuated between 63% LF and 72% LF over this time frame.
According to Innovata schedule data for this September, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s route network covers 15 airports in Ethiopia and a further 64 destinations across the globe, including three in the Americas (Toronto Pearson, Washington Dulles, and Sao Paulo Guarulhos) and nine in Europe (Stockholm Arlanda, Brussels, Paris (CDG), Rome Fiumicino, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, and Vienna). Washington Dulles, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stockholm Arlanda, Toronto Pearson, and Vienna (with the latter having been added on June 2nd with 4x-weekly flights from Addis Ababa) are major bases for fellow Star (SAL) Alliance members, United Airlines (UAL), Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA), Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS), Air Canada (ACN) and Austrian Airlines (AUL), respectively. Also noteworthy is the fact that Madrid was added on September 2nd, when Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched 3x-weekly flights from Addis Ababa, served via Rome Fiumicino. In addition, (ETH) also serves a total of 13 destinations in Asia, including Beijing, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Mumbai, and Singapore, which are hubs for other Star (SAL) Alliance carriers (Air China (BEJ), Thai Airways (TII), Air India (AIN), and Singapore Airlines (SIA), respectively.
Overall, (ETH) operates 91 non-stop services to a total of 52 countries, while from its main base at Addis Ababa it serves a network of 66 airport pairs, of which Dubai is the largest destination served in terms of weekly seat capacity this September. - - SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "ETH-2014-08 - TOP 12 ROUTES." The 2,514 km sector to the most populous city in the (UAE) is operated 3x-daily, utilizing a mixed fleet of the Star (SAL) Alliance member’s 767-300s, 787-8s, 737-800s, 777-200s and 757-200s. In fact, (ETH) is the dominant operator at Addis Ababa, featuring a weekly seat share of 89%. In terms of its most significant links, the top 12 routes account for 16% of all weekly seats, with the 504–km sector to Makale (highlighted in bright green) being the only domestic route that has made into this year’s ranking. On September 1st, (ETH) expanded its presence at Addis Ababa with a new domestic link to Bale Robe in the south-central part of the country, which is served 4x-weekly. Furthermore, (ETH) will also commence daily flights from its main base to Kombolcha in north-central Ethiopia starting September 10th.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s weekly seat capacity posted +15% growth this September, with 10 of the top dozen airport pairs growing, while the 3,467 km sector to Abuja, as well as the 8,336 km link to Beijing saw their operations unchanged. The link to the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi, is the fastest growing route, having increased by +66% or 1,705 weekly seats in the past 12 months. This comes as a result of (ETH) having increased its frequency from 2x-daily to four times daily on the 1,157 km airport pair.
787-8 (34751, ET-ARE), (Charleston #36) delivery.
September 2014: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) strengthened its domestic network with the addition of four weekly operations on the 253 km sector from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Bale Robe (GOB) on September 1st. Nevertheless, out of the four weekly services operated utilizing its 76-seat Dash 8-Q400s, (ETH) will fly 2x-weekly flights via Arbaminch. There is no competition on (ETH)’s new route to the city located in south-central Ethiopia. (ETH) began daily, Addis Ababa - Kombolcha in north-central Ethiopia using Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) expanded its international network on September 2nd with the addition of its 9th destination in Europe. (ETH) commenced operations on the 5,807 km sector from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Madrid (MAD), which is operated 3x-weekly (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) via Rome Fiumicino, utilizing a mixed fleet of (ETH)’s 171-seat 757-200s and 235-seat 767-300s. No other carrier serves this airport pair.
Boeing (TBC) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order is worth more than >US$2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.
"Today's order underlines our commitment to our 15-year strategic plan, 'Vision 2025,' in which (ETH) will strive to become the leading airline group in Africa carrying 18 million passengers per annum," said Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of (ETH), during a visit to the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa National Forum in Chicago. "The 737 MAX will form a key component of that strategic vision, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation."
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology (CFM) International (LEAP-1B) engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be +14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s, and +20% better than the original Next-Generation 737s, when they first entered service. The 737 MAX has a total of 2,294 orders from 47 customers worldwide.
Ethiopian (ETH) currently serves more than >83 destinations across five continents from its base at Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian flag carrier's partnership with Boeing has existed for more than half a century, with a current fleet of more than >50 Boeing airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet of 757s, 777F Freighters and MD-11s.
October 2014: News Item A-1: All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), both member of the Star (SAL) Alliance, begin code sharing on October 26. (ANA) passengers can book connecting flights on (ETH) between Addis Ababa and Bangkok, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Nairobi, and Mombasa. (ETH) will place its code on (ANA) Bangkok and Hong Kong services.
News Item A-2: (ETH) begins 3x-weekly, Dublin - Addis Ababa service and Boeing 787 Dublin - Los Angeles service in June in 2015.
November 2014: News Item A-1: The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is costing Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) US$8 million a month in lost revenue, as the disease is putting travelers off the entire continent, (ETH)'s (CEO), said.
"For us, the Ebola effect is stronger than any slowdown in the global economy," Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) of Africa's largest carrier, told "Reuters."
The outbreak in West Africa is especially affecting demand for travelers from Asia, he said. Emirates (EAD) has also said demand from Asia has been hurt by the outbreak.
"I hope that in the coming few months things will go back to normal," Gebremariam said.
The fast-growing airline is also evaluating Boeing's 777x, the 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 as it seeks to expand its fleet, with a decision on an order to come next year, he added.
"We are evaluating the 777x and we will add more 787-900s," he said, adding he would also look at buying more A350s.
He said the number to be ordered was under review, but highlighted plans to double its fleet to 150 airplanes by 2025.
(ETH) in September announced an order for 20 737 Max planes. It also has 10 A350 on order and is awaiting delivery of 3 787s in early 2015.
News Item A-2: Rapidly expanding Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is boosting its network to include three new destinations: Doha, Dublin, and Los Angeles.
(ETH) has detailed plans to add a new 3x-weekly, Boeing 737 service to Doha from December 2, marking its tenth Middle East destination.
“We are very pleased to spread our wings to Doha, one of the most vibrant and fastest growing economic hubs in the Middle East. The new flights to Doha will offer better connectivity and more convenient mobility between the State of Qatar and the continent of Africa,” said Ethiopian Airlines (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam.
This will be followed by a new 3x-weekly Los Angeles link, operated using fifth freedom rights via Dublin, beginning June 20. (ETH) plans to deploy one of its Boeing 787s on the service.
Several high-tech firms have offices in Ireland (including Google and Apple) and Los Angeles has a large Ethiopian community. (ETH) is also hoping to attract Irish leisure travelers on the Los Angeles service.
Los Angeles will become (ETH)’s 5th Americas destination, joining Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Toronto, and Washington DC. Dublin is (ETH)’s tenth European service; it already flies to Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna.
The new additions take (ETH) to a total of 85 destinations across five continents, as well as 49 services within Africa.
December 2014: News Item A-1: INCDT: An Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Boeing 737-400F freighter, operating for Togolese carrier ASKY (AKY), skidded off the runway at Accra in Ghana, causing substantial damage to the airplane.
(ET-AQV) was operating ASKY (AKY) flight number KP4016 from Lome to Accra when the incident occurred at 11:05 local time on January 10.
According to (ETH), the airplane “skidded off of the runway with flat tires upon landing,” but the crew disembarked safety and returned to their hotel after undergoing medical checks.
“Three persons (flight crew) were on board the airplane, but no casualties were recorded,” according to The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, which added that “preliminary investigations are underway to determine the cause of the incident.”
Images from the scene show the airplane resting on its belly in a grassy area, with substantial damage to its nose, wings and engines. The starboard engine appears to have detached and is resting in front of the airplane's nose, while the cowling is lying near the forward fuselage, in front of the starboard wing.
(AKY), which is one of (ETH)’s equity partners, launched operations in 2010 and started cargo services from its Lome hub in late 2013. All of (AKY)’s airplanes are leased from Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
This latest accident will be a further blow for (ETH), which suffered a fire on one of its Boeing 787s parked at London Heathrow (LHR) in July 2013, and had one of its Boeing 767-300ER hijacked by a co-pilot (FC) seeking asylum in February 2014.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), which saw its traffic growing by +13% in (FY) 2013, touched down at Doha (DOH) on December 2nd, when it launched operations from its Addis Ababa (ADD) base via Dammam. The 2,480 km sector will be operated 3x-weekly, utilizing (ETH)’s 154-seat 737-800s. (ETH) will face direct competition from Qatar Airways (QTA)’s 3x-weekly services. (ETH) flights to Doha will bring the total number of Ethiopian international destinations across five continents to 84, while also marking the 10th Ethiopian destination to the Middle East.
News Item A-3: (ETH) has received its fourth Boeing 777-200ERF freighter.
News Item A-4: Star (SAL) Alliance member, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is preparing for Airbus A350-900 operations as it is expects to begin taking delivery of its first of 14 of the type from 2016.
January 2015: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch flights between Addis Ababa and Tokyo, via Hong Kong. (ETH) said it will be the only carrier to link Japan and Africa, when it launches the 3x-weekly Tokyo route in April.
(ETH) confirmed it has “finalized preparations to start new services to Tokyo Narita International Airport in April 2015, in code share partnership with fellow Star (SAL) Alliance member, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s leading airline.” The route will be served by (ETH)’s 787s.
(ETH) has also expanded its code share with fellow Star (SAL) Alliance member Air India (AIN). The agreement, which currently covers (ETH)’s Mumbai and New Delhi routes, has been expanded to include a number of internal African and Indian destinations.
(ETH) is planning to significantly scale up its footprint in the Indian market with the start of 2x-daily flights and the opening of a new route in Southern India in 2015.
Last year, (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said he was eyeing new 787 services to Manila in the Philippines and Jakarta in Indonesia. In the longer term, Australia is also on his wish list, alongside increased London Heathrow (LHR) frequencies.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has acquired the first-ever Boeing 787 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Africa. The installation and buildup of the (FFS) is in progress at (ETH)’s main hub in Addis Ababa and the first pilot (FC) training will start in March 2015.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Turkish Airlines (THY) plan to launch new 3x-weekly services to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the coming months.
From March 30, (THY) will operate new scheduled services to Manila, starting with 3x-weekly flights, but with plans to expand to daily.
“At first, we will have three direct [weekday] flights, then we’ll see if we can have daily flights,” the (THY) General Manager Philippines, Erhan Balaban said. He added that (THY) believes there are significant opportunities for the new route (most likely using Boeing 777-300ERs) and that (THY) “sees the Philippines as an important market for us.”
The (THY) launch came on the back of a new air services agreement (ASA) between Turkey and the Philippines signed late last year, and will expanded with the addition of regular Saturday flights from October.
Similarly, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will open up new service to Manila at the end of June. (ETH) will fly a one-stop route via Bangkok, Thailand using Boeing 787-8s, and follows (THY)’s other new Asian route from Addis Ababa to Tokyo in April.
Like (THY), (ETH) plans 3x-weekly flights, on the back of a recently signed Philippines - Ethiopia (ASA) agreement.
The Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said the new routes are part of a drive to open new connections between the Philippines and the Middle East/Africa, and that both will offer new transit options for Filipinos traveling to both regions.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is evaluating the Airbus (EDS) A350-1000 and the Boeing (TBC) 777X as it considers further wide body order plans, (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam has confirmed.
March 2015: At the (ATW) Annual Achievement Awards, when asked to share his biggest lesson learned, Tewolde Gebremariam, (CEO) said "History is circular; everything has its own time. Economies grow and decline, there are recessions and recoveries, airlines succeed and fail. Even some ideas have their own time. The secret is taking advantage of that particular time. That is the big lesson.”
April 2015: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is considering developing air carriers in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of South Sudan.
June 2015: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched its 1st ever tri-continent route on June 19, beginning services from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Dublin (DUB), before continuing on to Los Angeles (LAX). Flights are operated 3x-weekly using (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member’s 787-8s. Neither of the sectors on this new route will face direct competition and it is the 1st time that both Dublin and Los Angeles have been connected to Ethiopia. Commenting on the route launch, (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “(ETH)’s new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade and tourism investment between the fast growing continent of Africa, the USA and Ireland. These flights are the 1st and only direct routes linking sub-Saharan Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the USA. They will bring these 2 seemingly far away cities much closer to Africa, and will facilitate mobility and connectivity for businesses and the large African diaspora community living in the West Coast of the USA.” Recently (ETH) revealed Dublin as its new European hub, where services to Washington Dulles and Toronto Pearson make a technical stop on-route from Addis Ababa. However (ETH) has not been granted 5th freedom rights on these services.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) commenced 2 new services on June 30, linking Addis Ababa (ADD) with Cape Town (CPT) and Gaborone (GBE). Both of the airport pairs will not face direct competition, while services on the 3,977 km sector to Gaborone marks the 1st connection between the capitals of Botswana and Ethiopia. Both city pairs will be operated by (ETH)’s 737-800s.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch a 3x-weekly service to Manila from July 9 with Boeing 767-300s.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Opens New Africa - South Asia route" by (ATW), Jeremy Torr, July 20, 2015.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has launched a new single-stop schedule from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines.
The 3x-weekly schedule flies on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from Addis Ababa to Manila, using a Boeing 767-300. The flights make a single stop at Bangkok on both inward and outward legs.
(ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebre Mariam said (ETH) was looking to upgrade to a daily schedule "in about a year," dependent upon the phasing of upcoming deliveries, including 14 Airbus A350s and +6 more 787s. (ETH) said it plans to double its fleet (mainly with long haul aircraft) to around 150 by 2025.
(ETH) has already indicated it wants to broaden its Asian footprint from its current destinations in Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia to other SE Asian countries.
"Manila will be our strategic point of access to the Southeast Asian countries by availing excellent connectivity options," Mariam said.
The new schedule comes on the heels of a new Air Services Agreement (ASA) signed between Ethiopia and the Philippines in October 2014. The (ASA) gives (ETH) the rights to 7 flights per week between Bole International and Manila, but more significantly, it allows (ETH) unlimited access to all other Philippines airports.
(ETH) has also hinted at upcoming code share agreements with Philippine Airlines (PAL). At the launch of the new service, Mariam noted that, “code sharing with (PAL) will allow us to access more routes and streamline flying between [our two] countries.”
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Airlines began 3x-weekly, Cape Town - Gaborone service.
News Item A-4: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has been forced to suspend its route to Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after just 1 week after the (DRC)'s regulator, Régie des Voies Aériennes de la République Démocratique du Congo (RVA), claimed the airport was not fit to handle such flights.
Having inaugurated a 3x-weekly return service from Addis Ababa to Goma via Entebbe/Kampala on July 10, (ETH) was then informed by the (RVA) that it would have to suspend its flights until further notice. The (RVA) said it considered July 10's flight to be a test-run and as such, claims the runway is unfit to handle (ETH)'s Dash 8-400s.
"For security reasons related to the ongoing work on the runway, the (RVA) has decided to revoke permission granted to (ETH) to operate flights to the airport of Goma," the (RVA) letter sent to (ETH) said.
Goma's only runway, the 3,000 m-long 18/36, was severely damaged by the eruption of the nearby Mount Nyiragongo in 2002, when a lava flow covered and solidified on a 1,200 m section of the track. In 2013, German (NGO) Welthungerhilfe ("World Hunger Aid") rehabilitated 600 m of damaged runway leaving the (RVA) to recover the rest.
The (RVA)'s move has caused an outcry after local media questioned how the body could withhold (ETH)'s services, while allowing local carrier (CAA) - Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation to serve Goma using Fokker F 50s and larger A320-200s.
News Item A-5: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is considering placing orders for Boeing 777-X, Airbus A350-1000 and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 airplanes, part of plans to nearly double its fleet to 150 by 2025, its (CEO) said on July 9.
(ETH) is also in talks with Airbus (EDS) to bring forward the delivery of 14 A350-900 to 2016 - 2017 from an original target of 2016 - 2018, (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters at the launch of (ETH)'s 1st direct flight to Manila.
"We have 76 airplanes operating, 47 in order. We are evaluating the Boeing 777-X, Airbus A350-1000 and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400," GebreMariam said. "The target is to reach a 150 fleet by 2025."
Last month, Boeing (TBC) said that (ETH) ordered 6 787-8 Dreamliners worth US$1.3 billion at list prices, part of (ETH)'s plans to modernise and expand its fleet.
GebreMariam said (EAD) was looking to revise upwards its 2025 target of US$10 billion annual revenues alongside a rapid expansion of its routes.
August 2015: News Report-A1: "Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Fleet Expansion Parallels Economic Growth" by "Avionics Today" Juliet Van Wagenen, August 10, 2015.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has announced plans to order 44 new airplanes, effectively doubling its 76-plane fleet in the face of rising air traffic, as Africa’s economy sees steady growth. To accommodate the projected rise, (ETH) has implemented “Vision 2025,” a fleet expansion plan that aims to add 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 14 A350-900s, 6 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 2 Boeing 787-9s, and 2 777-200F Boeing freighters to its fleet over the next decade. (ETH) is also in the process of evaluating the Boeing 777X, Airbus A350-1000, and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, with the target to reach a 150-airplane fleet by 2025.
“Africa’s economy has grown at a rate of >4.5% per year over the past 10 years despite the global recession. As a result, two-thirds of the countries in Africa are now classified as middle income or higher, according to the World Bank,” Nigusu Worku Wordofa Regional Director of the Americas for (ETH) told "Avionics Magazine." “In line with this growth, overall air traffic to and from Africa is expected to grow by about +6% annually over the next 20 years as new airplane technology increases efficiency and opens new international routes from high-altitude hot airports in Africa.”
With the African economy expected to rise at an average 6% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per year, and reports showing growth in Sub-Saharan economies that will match or surpass the global rate, the state-owned airline is poising itself to take advantage of the continent’s rising middle class added opportunity in the aviation sector, according to Worku. The continent’s economy is still suppressed, however, due to a decline in oil revenue and security threats in some regions, but the company sees continued growth in its future.
“Africa has rich reserves of precious metals, large oil reserves, and 60% of the world’s arable and uncultivated land, which has attracted huge investments and trade with the rest of the world,” said Worku. “This, in turn, has increased travel to and from the continent and also increased the number of middle class society in Africa, which has disposable income and propensity to travel by air.”
In the last year, (ETH) has seen a +7% jump in air traffic (from the 2nd quarter of 2014 to the 2nd quarter 2015). Domestic travel has picked up at an estimated 20% year-over-year, supplemented by strong in-country routes such as Mekelle and Bahir-dar and other in-continent flight routes, such as those to Kenya, the Republic of Sudan, Nigeria, and South Africa.
International traffic has picked up slower (just +3% year-over-year) but Worku notes that (ETH) sees heavy traffic on international routes to America and Dubai. (ETH) also expects a further pick up in international traffic to and from countries that are on their way to becoming main trade partners with Africa, such as India, China, and other Asian countries, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, to name a few. (ETH) is currently flying to 91 international destinations across 5 continents and has plans to expand to >146 destinations worldwide with the planned airplane additions. With the airline set to exploit growth in both economics and air traffic, Worku believes the continent’s lacking aviation infrastructure still poses yet another barrier to successful expansion.
“There is much to be done in filling the gap for limited infrastructure in Africa, and African governments should focus on investing more in infrastructure, deploying latest technology, employing innovation, and strong partnerships among African airlines, which would avoid the worrying trends and challenges facing African air transportation,” he said. “The future is bright for Africa and the 21st century is an African century; the same is true for African aviation, but governments should give due attention for infrastructure development.”
News Item A-2: See attached - - "ETH-2015-08 - ETH-787-Fire Report-A/B.jpg" which covers the British Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) findings regarding the July 2013 fire aboard a 787 Dreamliner parked at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport.
September 2015: African carriers are not benefitting from the decline in oil prices, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam told delegates at the "World Routes 2015" conference in Durban.
October 2015: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) began 4x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Yaoundé service on October 25.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines ((IATA) Code: ET, based at Addis Ababa) (ETH) is going for the 777X from Boeing (TBC) to cover its future long haul needs, (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam has told "The Wall Street Journal." (ETH) recently announced it aimed to double its fleet to 150 aircraft by 2025.
Following studies, which compared the 777X and the A350-1000 from rival Airbus Industrie (EDS), Gebremariam said (ETH) would order between 15 and 20 777-8Xs to form the backbone of its future ultra-longhaul fleet. The 777-8X, which is reportedly better suited to Addis Ababa's "Hot and High" conditions, is a replacement for the 777-200LR, 6 of which (ETH) currently operates. An official announcement is expected to be made before year-end.
The news comes after the airline warned the recent de-funding of the USA Export Import Bank (ExIm Bank) may impact existing Boeing orders as well as future orders. Traditionally, (ETH) has secured financing for its Boeing fleet purchases from the bank and has enjoyed a strong relationship throughout.
With production of the 777X family set to commence in 2017, the 1st airframes are also expected to arrive in time for the opening of the new Addis Ababa International Airport (a 4-runway megahub, capable of handling up to 120 million passengers per annum once complete).
As the present Addis Ababa Bole International Airport's altitude of 2,334m curtails airplane performance, Ethiopian authorities are considering locations for the new airport that are both accessible to Addis Ababa as well as situated on lower ground. A decision will be taken before work on the USD2.5 billion facility gets under way early next year. An opening date has been set for sometime in 2018.
November 2015: News Item A-1: "Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s 1st A350 Taking Shape in Final Assembly Line (FAL)" by (ATW) Linda Blachly, November 10, 2015.
Airbus (EDS) said Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s 1st A350-900 is taking shape on the final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.
(ETH), the Ethiopia flag carrier will take delivery of the 1st of 14 A350 XWBs next year, making (ETH) the 1st African A350 XWB operator. Of the 14 aircraft, 12 are directly purchased from Airbus (EDS) and 2 are on lease from AerCap (DEA), including this one.
“Mating of the various aircraft fuselage sections has begun and the vertical stabilizer (tail fin) has been attached. Similarly, work has begun on joining the wings, and the horizontal tail planes to the fuselage, after which its landing gear will be fitted.” (EDS) said all these activities are carried out “in parallel with cabin interiors installation and the 1st electrical power-on, enabling a significant reduction in lead-time. Following this, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive sequence of tests. Once those are complete, the aircraft will be painted, its engines installed and preparations for delivery will begin.”
(ETH) will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America. The Airbus A350 XWB (MSN2) will be arriving at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on November 11 as part of its Middle East Ethiopia demonstration flight tour,” Airbus (EDS) said.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said (ETH) plans to order additional Airbus A350 XWBs, taking its total of the type from 14 to 25.
December 2015: News Item A-1: Avianca Brazil (ONE), which joined the Star (SAL) Alliance in July, has inked code share agreements with Star (SAL) members Turkish Airlines (THY) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
The code share agreement signings took place December 9 on the sidelines of the (SAL) Alliance chief executive board meeting in Chicago. Avianca Brazil (ONE) (CEO) Jose Efromovich said the code share pacts are the “1st of many contracts we will sign within the (SAL) alliance.”
(THY) operates 7x-weekly Boeing 777 flights between Istanbul and São Paulo. (ETH) operates 3x-weekly 787 flights between Addis Ababa and São Paulo. “We hope to feed our partners with a lot of Brazilian passengers,” Efromovich told reporters in Chicago.
“Brazil is an important market for us,” (ETH) (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam said. “There are [a significant number of] African descendants living in Brazil. We have been looking for connectivity out of São Paulo to the rest of Brazil, and Avianca Brazil (ONE) is going to provide it.”
Efromovich said he expected to gain approval from the Brazilian government for both code share accords within the next 2 months, adding that he did not expect regulators to raise any objections. Details on the routes covered by the code share deals will be provided, once regulatory approval is secured.
Efromovich conceded 2015 has been “a difficult year in Brazil” politically and economically, but noted that (ONE) has “managed to grow +15% and we managed to maintain our load factors” despite the county’s struggles.
(THY) (CEO) Temel Kotil said that Brazil’s economic situation didn’t dissuade him from pursuing a code share agreement with Avianca Brazil (ONE), explaining that the deal will pay dividends over time. “We are a long-runner,” he said. “This is the right time for this agreement.”
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) commenced services on December 16 between its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub and Durban (DUR). The 4,363 km sector, flown 3x-weekly by (ETH), using its 737-800s on the city pair, although the 1st service was operated by 1 of (ETH)’s 787-8s. Flights leave the Ethiopian capital at 08:30, arriving into Durban at 13:40. The return journey leaves South Africa at 14:30, arriving in Addis Ababa at 21:40. The city pair was last served by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) back in 1998. The route will face no direct competition
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has finalized the installation of a Boeing 777 flight simulator manufactured by (CAE).
This 777 flight simulator, which is located in the newly built flight operations building at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, is its 5th full flight simulator (FFS) (following the Boeing 767/757, Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and the Boeing 787 (FFS), which became operational in March.
(ETH) is also considering extending its training center to add an Airbus A350 simulator. “We have already started discussions with Airbus (EDS) and (CAE),” Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said recently. (ETH) has already prepared the facility to include the A350 XWB and Boeing 737MAX (FFS).
“Human Resource Development (HRD) is one the 4 pillars of our "Vision 2025," along with Fleet, Infrastructure and Systems; since well trained, adequately experienced and performance focused aviation professionals are the engines of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth agenda,” Gebremariam said.
Under (ETH)’s Vision 2025 strategic plan, it is establishing itself as an aviation group with seven business units (International Airline, Regional Airline, Cargo, (MRO), Aviation Academy, Catering Services, and Ground Services. Collectively, by 2025, these units should be generating about $10 billion in revenue.
News Item A-4: (ETH) (which is 1 of the 1st Boeing 787-8 operators) has ordered 2 Boeing 787-9s for delivery in 2017, and is considering the 777X, according to (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam.
(ETH) has also placed a follow-on order for 2 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s, valued at approximately $63 million at list prices.
This latest firm purchase agreement will take (ETH)’s Dash 8-Q400 fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, serving domestic and regional destinations. This fits with plans outlined by (ETH) in 2013, to double its Dash 8-Q400 fleet from 13 to at least 26 aircraft by 2026.
(ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam described the Dash 8-Q400 as “an integral part” of (ETH)’s expansion strategy. The type is operated by (ETH) and its 2 strategic partners, ASKY (AKY) Airlines in Togo and Malawian Airlines (AML).
“The Dash 8-Q400 airliner has played a vital role in availing convenient connections, as well as increasing frequencies to support air travel growth in Africa and successfully create a missing link,” Gebremariam said.
(ETH) has a Dash 8-Q400 simulator in its training center and performs line and heavy maintenance on Dash 8-Q400s at its Addis Ababa hub, which became an authorized service facility (ASF) in 2013. Bombardier (BMB) also has a regional support office and parts depot in Johannesburg.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (BMB) President, Fred Cromer said some 69 Dash 8-Q400 aircraft are in service in Africa with >20 operators.
The Dash 8-Q400 has hot and high capability, which is relevant to (ETH)’s high-altitude home base, and is able to operate in challenging operational environments.
(ETH)’s rapidly growing fleet, which has an average age of 5 years, is structured around the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200F and dual-class Dash 8-Q400s. It is also planning to take up to 25 A350s (with 14 already on order) under its "Vision 2025" strategy.
January 2016: Marilake Aerosystems signed a component-repair agreement with Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise.
February 2016: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to launch 3x-weekly, Addis Ababa - Lomé (Togo) - New York (JFK) services by the end of June.
(ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member suspended flights to New York - Newark in 2004 to provide nonstop service from Washington Dulles to Addis Ababa.
Flights to New York will make an intermediate stop in Lomé, the home base for (ETH)’s partner, ASKY Airlines (AKY), in both directions. (ETH) operates a Boeing 787, configured with 24C business class and 246Y economy seats, on the route.
(ETH) already operates to Washington Dulles, Toronto, and Los Angeles in North America.
(CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said in December that additional, new destinations will be Jakarta and a further city in China (either Chongqing or Chengdu). He said (ETH) also plans a comeback in Singapore, as well as Oslo (Norway) and Mauritius in the near future.
News Item A-2: The Ethiopian Airlines Group has invested $100 million in expanding and upgrading its Aviation Academy at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. (ETH), The Ethiopia flag carrier said this project is in line with its "Vision 2025" strategic road map and is the largest aviation academy in Africa. It will be able to take 4,000 students a year at the end of 2025.
As an Authorized Training Organization, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy offers Boeing 777, 787, 737, 767/757 and Bombardier (BMB) Dash 8-Q400 full flight simulators. (ETH) is also considering extending its training center to add an Airbus A350 simulator.
“We have already started discussions with Airbus (EDS) and (CAE),” Ethiopian Airlines Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said recently. It offers also a full range of fleet cabin emergency, evacuation and door trainers, fitted with a standard swimming pool for cabin crew (CA) ditching exercises and >20 pilot (FC) training aircraft.
In other news, a new cargo terminal at Bole airport is expected to be operational toward the end of 2016. The facility will have an annual storage of 1.2 million tons with the capacity to handle 8 Boeing 747-8Fs at one time. Construction of the 1st phase will cost $150 million.
Ethiopian (ETH)’s rapidly growing fleet, which has an average age of 5 years, is structured around the Boeing 787, 777-300ER, 777-200LR, 777-200F and dual-class Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s. It is also planning to take up to 25 A350s, with 14 already on order.
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is planning to establish its own business aviation subsidiary (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam has disclosed.
Tewolde said "(ET) Executive", as the unit is tentatively known, will operate 10 - 20 seater jets from its Addis Ababa base to capitals around Africa.
Final details concerning (ET) Executive's business model such as ad-hoc/scheduled operations will be determined later on in the year, he added.
News Item A-4: "Ethiopian Boeing 787 Hits Airbridge at Harare Airport" by China Aviation Daily, February 23, 2016.
An Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) 787-8 Dreamliner (T-AOQ) performing flight ET873, accidentally hit an airbridge during taxiing at Harare Airport, Zimbawe, resulting in a large dent in the left-hand engine cowling.
According to Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), the 787 had just landed and was approaching its parking stand #6 in front of the main terminal on February 21, when its left-engine collided with the adjacent airbridge.
The left-hand engine cowling was damaged in the ground incident at Harare Airport. There were no reported injuries in the incident.
Flight ET873 from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport arrived in Harare at 10:44 am on February 21 (UTC). The continuing flight to Lusaka was cancelled. The occurrence 787 Dreamliner remained on the ground for 24 hours for repairs.
March 2016: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is negotiating with Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir (RWA) for a 49% stake (RWA), (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam confirmed.
“(ETH) and (RWA) are discussing expanding their cooperation. The discussion is still at an early stage and we have not yet progressed to the equity discussion level,” Gebremariam said.
State-owned (RWA) continues to establish its Central Africa hub in the capital Kigali. (RWA) is seeking a strategic partner to help boost its competitiveness.
Ethiopian (ETH)’s interest in RwandAir (RWA) is part of (ETH)’s "Vision 2025" business plan; the Star (SAL) Alliance member has already developed hubs in West Africa by ASKY Airlines (AKY) in Lomé and in Southern Africa through Malawian Airlines in Lilongwe.
Under (ETH)’s "Vision 2025" strategic plan, it is establishing itself as an aviation group with 7 business units: — international airline, regional airline, cargo, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), aviation academy, catering services, and ground services. By 2025 collectively, these units should be generating about $10 billion in revenue.
According to its website, (RWA) operates 2 737-700s, 2 737-800s, 2 Bombardier (BMB) Q400NGs and 2 CRJ-900NGs. (RWA) has finalized an order for its 1st wide bodies, an Airbus A330-200 and an A330-300, in September 2015.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Cargo is set to return to Belgium after it recently concluded an amended air services agreement with Ethiopia containing provision for the Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) unit to operate 5th Freedom traffic rights out of Brussels National.
Ethiopian Cargo withdrew from Brussels National in favor of Maastricht in the Netherlands late last year after it failed to secure permanent onward traffic rights to serve Dubai World Central, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok, and Shanghai Pudong.
News Item A-3: An Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Boeing 787-8 experienced a nose-gear collapse at the gate as it was about to depart from Addis Ababa Bole Airport on March 4.
News Item A-4: (AMECO) Beijing and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) have signed a 3-year contract for engine repair and overhaul services on Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW4000)s on 7 Boeing 767-300s.
April 2016: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will commence scheduled passenger services to Hawassa, Ethiopia with effect from May 20.
News Item A-2: "Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to Serve New York-Newark with Boeing 787" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, April 18, 2016.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - New York Newark services with a stop in Lomé, Togo, on July 3.
((ETH) will operate a Boeing 787-8 on the route configured with 24 business (C) class seats and 246Y economy seats. (ETH) had been considering flying to New York (JFK), but has settled on Newark instead.
(ETH) suspended flights to Newark in 2004 to provide nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Addis Ababa.
At Lomé, passengers have will have the opportunity to make connections to/from destinations in West Africa with ASKY (AKY), (ETH)’s partner airline, based in Lomé.
In addition to Washington Dulles, (ETH) also serves Toronto and Los Angeles in North America.
June 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will take delivery of the 1st of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s 1st operator of the type.
(ETH), the Ethiopia flag carrier said all seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. In-flight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future.
Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said, “The Airbus 350 XWB will enable us to further expand our service quality (especially on long-haul flights) and strengthen our connectivity with the least carbon emissions to our planet. Operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable customer features in our cabins is 1 of the 4 pillars of our "Vision 2025" and the introduction of the A350 is one component of this strategy."
He added, "We have also made sure that our aircraft is designed and configured to surpass the expectations of our customers. Africa’s 1st A350 will provide new features such as wider seats in both business (C) and economy (Y) classes, the lowest twin-engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology, and full (LED) mood lighting to enhance comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.”
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) later took delivery of the 1st of 14 Airbus A350 XWBs on June 28, making it Africa’s 1st operator of the type. It is also (ETH)’s 1st Airbus aircraft in its 70-year history.
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July 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South African aerospace firm, Aerosud Holdings to form an Ethiopia-based joint venture (JV), which will manufacture aircraft parts for Airbus, Boeing and others.
“The manufacturing facilities, that will be set up in due course, are expected to be located in the vicinity of [Addis Ababa] Bole International airport,” (ETH) group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said, adding that this location (right next to (ETH)’s main base) will offer good economies of scale and simplify imports and exports.
(ETH) performed a feasibility study to establish “potential areas of manufacturing” for the project, including “rigorous discussions” with manufacturers, including Boeing (TBC) and Bombardier (BMB).
The initiative, which will create significant job opportunities, fits with the Ethiopian (ETH) government’s broader 5-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII).
August 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has taken delivery of the 2nd of 14 Airbus A350-941 (43, ET-ATR "Bale Mountains"), AerCap (DEA) leased, which arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on August 16.
(ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member launched A350-941 scheduled services on June 30, making it Africa’s 1st operator of the type.
The 1st A350 has been flying to various destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and (as of August 14) the Addis Ababa - London Heathrow (LHR) route. “Later on, the A350s will operate on seasonality and demand on our long-haul network, like China or the USA,” (ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said in June.
Like the 1st aircraft, the 2nd A350 is on a long-term lease contract from Irish lessor AerCap (DEA).
(ETH) expects to take delivery of the remaining 12 A350s by June 2017.
“Adding the A350 to the fleet means (ETH) is now moving to the next level. Our A350 and Boeing 787-8s are next-generation airplanes,” Gebremariam said.
On July 28, (ETH) contracted Lufthansa Group subsidiary Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) to provide comprehensive component support for its 14 A350s. The corresponding total component support agreement will run for a period of 10 years, including component maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as access to a pool of spares.
September 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) signed an (MOU) with China’s Guangdong Airport Authorities to increase passenger flight frequency, launch new routes and add frequency of Ethiopia cargo flights in Guangzhou.
November 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) aims to decide on a 100-seat airplane order before the end of 2016 and is still considering the Boeing 777X in preparation for a possible order in 2017. “We may be able to do something [on the 100-seater] before the end of the year. We are looking at around 10 airplanes,” (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said on the sidelines of World Travel Market in London.
December 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - Jakarta Boeing 787-800 flights on June 2, 2017.
January 2017: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will add 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - Antananarivo, Madagascar service from March 28.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is adding +7 new destinations within 5 months this year, 1 of its greatest network expansions.
From February to June, (ETH) will launch new service to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), and Singapore.
With the latest additions, (ETH) will serve 98 international destinations from its Addis Ababa hub.
(ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said that Africa’s share of global aviation is the smallest, at 3%. “As the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned about the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are a setting record expansion to enable Africans to enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity both within the continent and between the continent and the rest of the world," he said.
Gebremariam added that—looking beyond the current economic slowdown, especially in the oil export-dependent economies of Africa, (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member firmly believes the continent will become the magnet for foreign direct investment, trade and tourism, “which are the engines of air travel growth and, in turn, efficient air connectivity also drives socio-economic development.”
In 2016, (ETH) added new flights to Moroni (Comoros), Windhoek (Namibia) and New York Newark (USA), as well as Awasa, Kebri Dahar and Dembidolo in Ethiopia.
(ETH) plans to reach 120 international destinations worldwide by the year 2025.
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is upgrading the infrastructure at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for maintenance, cargo and flight simulators as (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member continues to grow.
Nearing completion is a wide body maintenance hangar and a new cargo terminal. The maintenance hangar, which is 97% complete, has 2 bays for paint and maintenance. It can accommodate 2 Boeing 747-8s at a time, or more of other airplane types.
A new cargo terminal, which is 82% complete, is expected to open around April 2017. The new terminal will have an annual storage of 1.2 million tons and a capacity to handle 8 747-8F freighters at a time. Construction of the 1st phase will cost approximately $150 million.
Upon completion, (ETH) said its uplifting capability “will be equivalent to the cargo terminals at Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi, or Hong Kong.”
(ETH) has also constructed a flight simulator building and installed 5 of the latest full flight simulators, which includes Boeing 787, 777, 757, 767, 737NG and the Bombardier Q400. (ETH) plans to add simulators for the Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 737 MAX airplanes.
News Item A-4: A350-941 (89, ET-ATY; "ERTALE"), ex-(F-WZNS) delivery.
February 2017: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) commenced flights to Conakry (CKY) in the Republic of Guinea from its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub on February 2. Flown via (ETH)’s existing Abidjan (Ivory Coast) service, the city pairing will be operated 4x-weekly by (ETH) on its 787-8 fleet. No other airline currently links the cities of Conakry and Addis Ababa, a distance of 5,743 km. With the launch of flights to Conakry, it brings to 24 the number of destinations which (ETH) serves in Central and West Africa.
757-231 (30319, ET-ALZ), ferried to Istanbul (SAW) for lease return.
March 2017: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is adding 4 new destinations March 26 - 28, according to (ETH). (ETH) will launch services from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Antananarivo, Madagascar; and Oslo, as well cargo services to Ahmedabad, India.
“3 new [passenger] flights to 3 new destinations in just 3 days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopian’s long and illustrious history,” Group (CEO) Tewolde GebreMariam said.
In February, Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) started flights to Conakry, Guinea. By July, the Star (SAL) Alliance member will start service Chengdu, China; Singapore; and Jakarta, Indonesia. The carrier envisages reaching 120 international destinations worldwide by 2025.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is the largest cargo operator in Africa. Ahmedabad is the 5th cargo gateway to India, providing the Indian market with minimum weekly import capacity of 240 tons, as of March 28. (ETH) serves 36 global freighter destinations with an average daily uplift of 650 tons. It has deployed 6 Boeing 777-200LRF and 2 Boeing 757-260F airplanes.
(ETH) operates during its summer schedule a total of 28x-weekly flights to 4destinations in China; 20x-weekly to the Americas; 72x-weekly to Asia, 65x-weekly to the Middle East; 400x-weekly to 53 cities across Africa; and almost 54x-weekly to Europe.
May 2017: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to implement a “very heavy cost-cutting program,” targeting an annual cost savings of -10% to- 20% that (ETH) aims to reach as soon as possible without having to reduce jobs.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) introduced Chengdu (CTU) to its network on May 22, meaning that (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member now serves 4 destinations in China from Addis Ababa (ADD), with Chengdu joining Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, and Guangzhou.
(ETH)’s flights were originally planned to operate 3x-weekly from the date of inauguration, however (ETH)’s next flight on the 7,125 km sector will be on June 2. From the latter date a regular 3x-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) service will operate. Facing no direct competition, (ETH) will serve the city pair on its 787-8 Dreamliners, with (ETH) now reporting to have 17 of the type in its fleet, with a further 2 still to be delivered.
With launching flights to Chengdu, (ETH) now serves 13 airports in Asia on 100 weekly flights, including Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul Incheon, Singapore and Tokyo Narita.
News Item A-3: 1 of the early-production 787-8 Dreamliners (16-38475, ET-ATH) originally built for (LAN) Airlines has found a new home in Africa with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). Named "Rio de Janeiro," the 787 is seen on photo taken at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, USA.
787-8 (34487, ET-ATI "Mother Teresa"), ex-(N10230) delivery.
July 2017: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will begin 3x-weekly Addis Ababa - Kaduna Boeing 787 services on August 1.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has now added the Nigerian city of Kaduna (KAD) to its network, with it becoming (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member’s 5th destination in the country. Launched August 1st, (ETH) commenced a 3x-weekly service from Addis Ababa (ADD), a connection it will operate on its fleet of 737-800s. No other airline currently operates the 3,449 km sector. With this launch, (ETH) now operates 21x-weekly flights direct to Nigeria from Addis Ababa, with Lagos and Abuja being served daily, Enugu 3x-weekly and Kano weekly. The latter is also served 2x-weekly via N’Djamena in Chad. However, (ETH) does not have local traffic rights between N’Djamena and Kano. At present, (ETH) is the only airline operating between Nigeria and Ethiopia.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has restored service to Bahrain (BAH) on August 17, ending a 6-year hiatus of flights from Addis Ababa (ADD). The relaunched route will be flown by (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member 3x-weekly on its fleet of 737-800s, with the outbound rotation operating via Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
Commenting on the launch, Bahrain Airport Company (CCO), Ayman Zainal, said: “Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has been operating in the region for decades. Its level of efficiency and operational experience are among the best in the African continent. We are very happy to have these routes added to our scheduled flights which provide added convenience and options for travelers, including the large Ethiopian community in Bahrain.” Competition on the 2,292 km sector comes in the form of Gulf Air, with it also serving the city pair 3x-weekly on its A320s.
September 2017: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Azul Brazilian Airlines (AZL) will code share from October 1. Addis Ababa-based (ETH) may place its code in Azul’s operations from São Paulo (Guarulhos) to Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Goiania, Porto Alegre, Cuiabá, Foz do Iguaçu and Florianopolis. Reciprocally, Azul airlines (AZL) will market on Ethiopian (ETH) vast network throughout Africa and beyond.
October 2017: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has initiated talks with the government of Djibouti, Ethiopia's key conduit to the Red Sea, over a possible partnership with Air Djibouti (DJB).
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam told "The Reporter" that talks have focussed on developing a joint venture between the sides with the Port of Djibouti, a major freight hub for the Horn of Africa, also of interest. “China for the first time has established a military base in neighboring Djibouti. The major political powers have big military vessels in Djibouti. The country is expanding its seaport and airport. So it can serve as the Dubai of Africa if we do the right thing together,” he said.
Since its inception, Air Djibouti (DJB) has attempted to develop both its passenger and cargo operations albeit using chartered aircraft. At present, it employs a single BAe 146-300 sourced from South Africa's Fair Aviation ((IATA) Code: 2F, based at Lanseria).
November 2017: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has taken delivery of its 1st 787-9 following the arrival of (38778, ET-AUO) in Addis Ababa from Everett on October 26.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines announced an order for 4 Boeing 777F freighters in a deal valued at >$1.3 billion at list prices.
The transaction includes a new order for 2 freighters. It also includes 2 freighters (ETH) announced as a commitment in June that finalized into a firm order this month.
“This airplane order will provide (ETH)'s Cargo & Logistics business with enhanced cargo capacity and better operating economics as we continue to build one of the largest cargo terminals in the world,” Ethiopian Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said at the Dubai Air Show.
According to Boeing, this order pushes 777 net orders this year to 57 (37 of them for the current-generation 777) providing further support to a smooth production transition to the new 777X.
Ethiopian Cargo operates 6 777s and 2 757Fs to 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
January 2018: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will start 3x-weekly Addis Ababa to Milan to Geneva service from June 3.
(ETH) will launch 3x-weekly Addis Ababa to Kisangani and Mbuji Maya in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from March.
News Item A-2: "Ethiopian Airlines to Take 45% Stake in Zambia Airways" by (ATW) Victoria Moores email@example.com January 16, 2018.
Star (SAL) Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has finalized a strategic partnership with the Zambian government on the re-launch of Zambia Airways (MBA), taking a 45% stake in the airline.
On January 16, (ETH) announced it had finalized a shareholders’ agreement with the Zambian government, which will retain a controlling 55% shareholding. Lusaka-based Zambia Airways (MBA) will become Ethiopian’s strategic partner for Southern Africa, building on its existing regional partnerships with ASKY Airlines (AKY) in Lomé (Togo) and Malawian Airlines (AML) in Lilongwe (Malawi).
(ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said the move fits with (ETH)’s multiple hub approach, which forms part of (ETH)’s 15-year Vision 2025 strategic plan. He added that the partnership will improve Zambian connectivity, boosting investment, trade, tourism and socioeconomic growth.
Zambia Airways (MBA) will initially serve national and regional routes, before expanding to international flights. “As an indigenous and truly pan-African airline, we firmly believe that it is only through partnerships among African carriers that the aviation industry of the continent will be able to get its fair share of the African market, currently heavily skewed in favor of non-African airlines, and play its rightful role in availing efficient air connectivity within Africa as well as with the rest of the world,” Gebremariam said.
(ETH) serves >100 international passenger and cargo destinations using a fleet of Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-8s and 787-9s, 777-300ER, 777-200LRs and 777-200Fs, with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s on its regional routes.
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has signed an agreement with lessor (GECAS) to take the 1st 2 Boeing 737-800SF freighters to be converted by Miami, Florida-based Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI).
1st delivery is expected in June 2018, with the 2nd to follow in January 2019. Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is a division of the Ethiopian Airlines Group. “The airplanes will be a great complement to our existing fleet of 777F and 757F freighters,” Ethiopian Airlines Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said.
The (AEI)-converted cargo aircraft accommodates 11 full-height containers plus 1 (AEP)/(AEH), a main deck payload of up to 52,000 lb/ 23,587 kg and uses (AEI)’s hydraulically operated cargo door.
“In line with our "Vision 2025" Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics strategic roadmap, we are expanding our cargo fleet and network to support trade within Africa and with the rest of the world by facilitating the export of perishables and the import of high-value goods into the continent,” Gebremariam said. “We have been working with (AEI) on this program since 2015 and look forward to delivering the 1st (AEI) converted 737-800SF to (ETH),” (GECAS) Senior VP & Manager Cargo Aircraft group Richard Greener said. "(ETH) is joining a growing number of combination carriers planning to operate this airplane either for replacement of aging freighters or for growth.”
Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics operates a network of >90 destinations on both freighter and belly hold services. It is also the largest network cargo operator in Africa. It has a fleet of 6 Boeing 777F and 2 757F freighters and ordered 4 more 777Fs at the November 2017 Dubai Air Show.
(ETH)’s cargo terminal in Addis Ababa has an annual capacity of 1 million tons.
February 2017: News Item A-1: African Star (SAL) Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and its regional airline equity partner, Togo-based ASKY Airlines (AKY), have formed a strategic partnership with the Guinean government to establish startup carrier Guinea Airlines by June. “This is a trilateral partnership with Guinea, ASKY (AKY) Airlines and (ETH) with a view to fill the air connectivity vacuum in [the] domestic Guinea market and between the Mano River countries,” Ethiopian Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will begin 3x-weekly Addis Ababa to Chicago Boeing 787 service from June 9.
News Item A-3: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)) has finalized the installation of an Airbus A350 XWB full flight simulator (FFS), becoming the 1st (FFS) operator of the type in Africa. The device is fitted with a full electrical motion system.
(ETH) operates 7 A350-900s with 17 on order.
(ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said the introduction of the A350 XWB (FFS) is “a continuation of our pioneering role in African aviation technology” and is “part of our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap to be fully self-sufficient in the provision of pilot (FC) training in all the aircraft types we operate.”
The A350 XWB simulator, which is in the Flight Operations building at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, complements 5 other (FFS)s, including Boeing 787, 777, 737NG, 757/767 and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400. The company also plans to add a Boeing 737 MAX (FFS).
(ETH) have invested >$125 million in the last 7 years to expand and upgrade its training capabilities.
1 A350-941 (180, ET-AVB "Gelada Baboon"), ex-(F-WZFX) delivery.
March 2018: News Item A-1: "All-women Crew Operates 1st Ethiopian Airlines Buenos Aires Flight" by Kurt Hofmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) March 9, 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) launched 5x-weekly Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires Ezeiza services on March 8. The flight is being operated with a Boeing 787-8 and makes a stop in Sao Paolo Guraulhos, Brazil.
Buenos Aires is Ethiopian’s 6th Americas’ destination. The others are Washington Dulles, New York Newark, Los Angeles, Toronto Pearson International and São Paulo. Addis Ababa to Chicago O’Hare services will start June 2. (ETH) is a Star (SAL) Alliance carrier.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde GebreMariam noted that the inaugural Buenos Aires flight was operated by an all-women crew to mark International Women’s Day.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) began 5x-weekly Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires, Argentina Boeing 787 service.
April 2018: "Chicago Has Become 1 of the Newest Dots on Ethiopian Airlines' Global Flight Map."
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is set to begin flying from Chicago O'Hare International Airport on June 10, offering 3x-weekly to its hub near Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa.
The flight from Chicago is scheduled for 13 hours, 45 minutes and will be the only non-stop service connecting Chicago to Africa. The return Chicago-bound flight stops in Dublin on its way from Addis Ababa. (ETH) will use Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliners" for the flights.
(ETH) said Chicago customers will be able to connect via Addis Ababa to >55 destinations across Africa.
Chicago O'Hare will become the 4th USA destination for (ETH), which has flown to the USA since 1998. Its other USA gateways are Newark Liberty, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.
"We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa," (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said. "Chicago is the main hub of our Star (SAL) Alliance partner, United Airlines (UAL), and the flight will be operated together with (UAL) to avail the best product for travelers from all over the USA connecting to >55 destinations in Africa."
May 2018: When Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) takes delivery of its 100th airplane (a Boeing 787-9 on June 5), (ETH) the Star (SAL) Alliance member will become the 1st African airline to operate a 100-airplane fleet in the history of the continent. Ethiopian Group (CEO) Tewolde GebreMariam said the “100-fleet milestone, which we have achieved ahead of our "Vision 2025" targets, compels us to revise our plans with a view to phase in more airplanes and further expand our network.”
June 2018: News Item A-1: "Ethiopian Airlines to Launch 4 African Startup Airlines by Year-end" by Victoria Moores, (ATW) Plus, June 21, 2018.
African Star Alliance (SAL) carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) plans to launch new airlines in Chad, Guinea, Mozambique and Zambia before the end of 2018. (ETH) (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam gave (ATW) the timelines on the sidelines of the (ACI) Europe & World General Assembly in Brussels on June 19. Gebremariam said he may sign the Zambia Airways deal during the week beginning June 25, taking a 45% stake in the new airline. He said Zambian Airways aims for an October launch.
News Item A-2: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) may announce a Bombardier CSeries or Embraer E2 order at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show in July, as well as a follow-on deal for Boeing 787s, according to Ethiopian (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam. A decision on the 100-seater was originally planned for 2016, with several contenders in the frame for an order. These included the 138 to 152 seat Boeing 737 MAX 7, which is larger than the spec (ETH) was seeking, but could have offered fleet commonality.
July 2018: News Item A-1: "Ethiopian Airlines takes 1st Boeing 737 MAX 8" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann (email@example.com), July 3, 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) took delivery of its 1st Boeing 737 MAX 8 on July 2. (ETH) has firm orders for 30 MAX 8s, the largest of the type in Africa. 10 options were firmed in June 2017.
(ETH) said the new variant consumes -15% less fuel compared to its current 737-700/737-800 fleet.
(ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam called the latest acquisition an “affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation and the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025.” He said (ETH)’s fleet has an average age of <5 years.
With the latest delivery, (ETH)’s Boeing fleet includes 73 jets, including the 737NG, 737 MAX, 757, 767, 787 and 777s. The fleet also includes Airbus A350-900s and Bombardier Q400s.
On June 5, (ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member took delivery of its 100th aircraft (a Boeing 787-9) and became the 1st African airline to operate a 100-airplane fleet in the history of the continent.
News Item A-2: "Ethiopian Airlines Resumes Flights to Eritrea After 20 Years" by Kurt Hofmann (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 12, 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will resume daily flights from its Addis Ababa hub to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, on July 18.
(ETH) will operate Boeing 787s on the 70-minute flight sector.
Flight services between the 2 nations have been interrupted for 20 years. A war between Ethiopia and Eritrea lasted from May 6, 1998 to June 18, 2000 and ended with the Ethiopian occupation of the disputed territories. A ceasefire was signed in the Algiers Agreement.
The new air-link follows agreements reached in Asmara between the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H E Abiy Ahmed and State of Eritrea President Isaias Afewerki.
(ETH) Group (CEO) Tewolde Gebremariam said: “With the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the 2 sisterly countries, we look forward to starting flights to Asmara. Very quickly, we plan to operate multiple daily services and to start cargo flights in view of the huge market potential between the 2 countries.”
The resumption of air links will play a critical role in boosting overall ties between the 2 countries.
(ETH), the Star (SAL) Alliance member said the flight connections via Addis Ababa to >110 destinations (and connectivity options to the vast Eritrean Diaspora Community across the world) will boost the flow of investment, trade and tourism into Eritrea.
August 2018: News Item A-1: "New Chadian National Carrier set to Launch Operations" by Alan Dron (email@example.com), August 8, 2018.
The central African nation of Chad will launch its new national airline on October 1 after documents setting it up were signed by the nation’s government and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
Chad is 1 of 4 countries in which (ETH) has said it will help establish new national carriers by the end of this year.
Documents formally creating Chadian Airlines were initialed by the Chadian Minister of Civil Aviation, Mahamat Taher Rozzi and (ETH)’s Commercial Director, Busera Awel, in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital.
The impoverished African state has been without a national airline since 2012, when the previous carrier, Toumai Air Chad, went bankrupt.
According to local media reports, Chadian Airlines will be owned 51% by the government of Chad, with (ETH) taking a 49% stake.
Media reports quoted Rozzi as saying the new carrier will initially serve domestic routes, followed by expansion to the surrounding region and then further afield in central Africa and the Middle East.
Chad only has a single fully fledged airport, N’Djamena International, with rough airstrips being scattered throughout the rest of the country. Rozzi was quoted as saying that Chad wanted to take advantage of Ethiopian Airlines (ETH)’s experience to set up its new airline, following 2 earlier failed attempts to do so.
Details were not given of the new airline’s initial equipment.
News Item A-2: "Ethiopian Airlines Confirms Bid for Nigeria Air" by
Victoria Moores, (ATW) Plus, August 17, 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) has submitted an expression of interest in the project to create new Nigerian flag carrier, Nigeria Air. Nigeria Air was formally unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in July. The startup is slated to launch on December 24, initially serving domestic destinations, before branching out into regional and long-haul flights.
The government, which ultimately plans to own just 5% of Abuja-headquartered Nigeria Air, is seeking investors willing to inject $150 to $300.
October 2018: News Item A-1: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) will resume 3x-weekly Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Mogadishu, Somalia service from November 2.
News Item A-2: (ETH) launched 2x-weekly Oslo (Norway) to Guangzhou (China) cargo services and plans to launch Oslo to Asmara (Eritrea) service from December 2018. (ETH) will increase existing Addis Ababa to Oslo Boeing 787-8 services to 6x-weekly flights, from December 11.
News Item A-3: (ETH) will launch 3x-weekly Addis Ababa to Moscow Boeing 787 service from December 1.
“It gives me a great pleasure to announce that we have finalized preparations to launch services to Moscow, Russia, the world’s largest country in total area, spanning Eastern Europe and N Asia,” said Ethiopian Group (CEO) Tewolde GebreMariam. “As one of the world’s leading producers of oil and natural gas, Russia offers ample trade and investment potentials for investors. The country’s advanced manufacturing base and light industry also hold further import-export trade potentials with Africa which is endowed with diverse natural resources and raw materials.
“The air connectivity (ETH) provides to link Africa and Russia will go a long way towards facilitating and bolstering multifaceted relations between the 2 regions. Our direct flights will also promote Ethiopian and other African Tourist attractions to the Russian tourists. Russia will be the final (BRICS) country in our ever-growing global network.”
Flights will depart from Addis Ababa at 23:45 on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays and land in Istanbul at 04:55 (+1 day). It will leave Istanbul at 05:55 and arrive at Moscow Domodedovo airport at 08:35.
The return flight will depart from Moscow Domodedovo at 21:20 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It will land in Istanbul at 23:55 and depart for Addis Ababa at 01:05 (+1 day). The flight will arrive at 06:25.
The route will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes and will connect passengers to 59 destinations across Africa. (ETH) currently operates to 116 international destinations. (ETH) has been especially growing its Asian network, which, at the time of writing, includes Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou. It is making a number of investments to increase global presence along with its "Vision 2025."
(ETH) operates the youngest fleet in Africa; its average airplane age is 5 years. Its fleet includes the Airbus A350; the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9; the Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200LR, and 777F; and the Bombardier Dash Q-400.
News Item A-4: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) Maintenance & Engineering Services became the 1st in Africa with capability to repair the (GEnx) Engine, which powers the Boeing 787 airplane.
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0 707-3K1C (JT3D-3B HK) (884-20805, /74 9G-IRL), EX-(OBK) 2004-02. (CPB) WET-LEASED TO 2004-11. CRASHED MARCH 2005. W/O. FREIGHTER.
0 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (1165-23446, /85 ET-ALE), EX-(XIA)/(GUI), (AFJ) LEASED, RETURNED (DEA) 2004-10. 16C, 95Y.
0 737-2Q3 (JT8D) (24103), EX-(SWL) 2000-09, RETURNED (ZNY), LEASED TO (IND).
0 737-204 (JT8D) (858-22638, /82), EX-(ANZ), (DEA) LEASED 2001-12. RETURNED.
0 737-260 (JT8D-17A) (1583-23915, /88 ET-AJB), RETURNED. 16C, 95Y.
1 737-43Q (CFM56-3C1) (2838-28493, /96 OO-VES), CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER AND LEASED BY AVIATION CAPITAL GROUP (CGP) TO ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) 2013-08 FOR WET-LEASE TO ASKY (AKY). 30C, 138Y TO FREIGHTER.
2 737-7K9 (CFM56-7B22) (2216-34401, /07 ET-ANG; 2270-34402, /07 ET-ANH), EX-(STR), WET-LEASED TO ASKY AIRLINES (AKY) 2009-12. 16C, 102Y.
3 737-760 (CFM56-7B24) (1408-33764, /03 ET-ALK; 1539-33765, /04 ET-ALM; 1757-33766, /05 ET-ALN), WITH WINGLETS. 16C, 102Y.
3 +4/2 ORDERS 737-76N (CFM56-7B24) (1459-33420, /04 ET-ALQ; 1487-32741, /04 ET-ALU), WITH WINGLETS, 6 (ILF) LEASED. 16C, 102Y.
0 737-8AS (CFM56-7B24) (1061-29935, /02 EI-CSW - - SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-737-8AS-2009-06" DESTROYED IN CRASH W/O - - SEE ACCIDENT - - JANUARY 2010), EX-(RYR). (TCI) LEASED. 16F, 138Y.
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (2282-29646, /07 ET-AMZ), EX-(G-CEJP), (TCI) LEASED 2009-12. 16C, 138Y.
3 737-8HO (CFM56-7B) (3437-37933, ET-ANZ; 3459-37936, ET-AOA; 3467-37937, ET-AOB), (ALAFCO) (ALV) LEASED 2010-11. 16C, 138Y.
7 737-860 (CFM56-7B27) (3827-40961, /11 ET-APF; 3991-40964, /12 ET-APK; 4075-40965, /12 ET-APL; 4250-40962, /12 ET-APM; 4231-40963, /12 ET-APO; 40967, /14 ET-AQN), WITH WINGLETS. 16C, 138Y.
2 737-86R (CFM56-7B24) (786-30494, /01 ET-ANA; 876-30495, /01 ET-ANB), ALAFCO (AVF) LEASED, EX-(CEA), EX-(B-2660; & B-2665). 16F, 138Y.
2 737-700SF (CFM56-7B24) (GECAS) LEASED. FREIGHTER.
2 737-800SF (CFM56-7B) (GECAS) LEASED. FREIGHTER.
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0 747-228F (CF6-50E2) (398-21787, /79 N753SA "SOUTHERN DREAMS"), (SOF) WET-LEASED 2006-01. RETURNED. FREIGHTER.
0 747-230FM CF6-50E2) (299-21221, /76 N760SA), (SOF) WET-LEASED 2006-10. RETURNED. FREIGHTER.
0 ORDERS 747-400, EX-(MAS), (AID) 5 YEAR WET-LEASED, 2 CANCELLED:
2 747-4H6 (CF6-80C2B1F) (738-24315, /89 ET-, 2006-06; 745-24405, /89 ET- 2006-06), (TBC) LEASED. COMBI.
0 757-200, (ABE) WET-LSD 2006-09 FOR 6 MONTHS.
2 757-23N (RB211-535E4-B) (779-27975, /97 ET-AMU; 814-27976, /98 ET-AMT), EX-(AAT), (BBB) 5 YEAR LEASED 2008-07. 16C 155Y.
1 757-231ET (PW2037) (750-28480, /03 ET-ALY; 883-30319, /97 ET-ALZ), EX-(TWA)/(TAL), (PSS) LEASED 2006-01. 30319; RETURNED 2017-02. 16C, 154Y.
1 757-260PF (PW2040) (300-24845, /90 ET-AJS), PACKAGE FREIGHTER.
1 757-260PCF (PW2040) (348-25014, /91 ET-AJX), AFTER CONVERSION TO FREIGHTER 2006-10. FREIGHTER.
3 757-260ET (PW2040) (408-25353, /91 ET-AKC; 444-26057, /92 ET-AKE; 496-26058, /92 ET-AKF), 16C, 144Y.
1 757-28AET (RB211-535E4) (974-32449, /01 ET-AMK), EX-(HMY)/(AAT), (GEF) WET-LEASED 2007-09 FOR 6 YEARS. 16C, 159Y.
0 767-260ER (JT8D-7R4E) (90-23106, /84 ET-AIE; 93-23107, /84 ET-AIF), 23106 STORED VICTORVILLE 2004-01. 23107 WFU, RETURNED (TBC), BOUGHT BY AIRLINE CAPITAL LEASING & LEASED TO AEROSUR (REO) 2008-12. ALL 757/767'S (ETOPS), 24C, 175Y.
2 767-3BGER (PW4060) (786-30563, /00 ET-AMF; 817-30566, /00 ET-AMG), EX-(SBL)/(HNA), DEUTSCHE STRUCTURED FINANCE 6 YEAR LEASED 2007-05. 24C, 221Y.
1 767-3BGER (PW4062) (798-30564, /OO ET-ALL), EX-(SBL), ROXY LTD LEASED 2003-07. ALL WHITE COLORS. 24C, 213Y.
1 767-3BGER (PW4062) (802-30565, /00 ET-ALH), (PEB) LEASED 2002-01. 24C, 213Y.
1 767-3Q8ER (PW4060) (619-27933, /96 ET-ANU), EX-(N27993), PACIFIC AIRCORPORATION LEASED 2010-05. 24C, 221Y.
1 767-306ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (633-27611, /96 ET-AME), EX-(KLM), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED 2006-12. 30C, 190Y.
0 767-33AER (PW4056) (403-25346, /91 ET-AKW), EX-(RBA), (BBB) LEASED, (ETOPS). RETURNED 2004-05. 24C, 203Y.
2 767-33AER (PW4060) (734-28043, /99 ET-ALC; 591-27909, /95 ET-AMQ, 2008-05), (AWW) LEASED, 24C, 210Y & 30C, 188Y.
5 +7 ORDERS 767-360ER (PW4062) (918-33767, /03 ET-ALJ; 922-33768, /04 ET-ALO; 933-33769, /05 ET-ALP), 33768; IN STAR ALLIANCE (SAL) COLORS & TITLES - - SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-767-360ER - SAL 2013-07." 6 LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 24C, 211Y.
6 777-260LR (GE90-110BL2) (900-40770, /10 ET-ANN - - SEE PHOTO - - "ETH-777-260LR-2010-11;" 908-40771, /10 ET-ANO; 914-40772, /11 ET-ANP; 930-40773, /11 ET-ANQ; 948-40774, /11 ET-ANR; 43814, ET-AQL, 2013-07), (INCLUDING BOEING (TBC)'S 900TH 777). 34C, 287Y.
2 777-F6N (GE90-110B1) (1043-41846, /12 ET-APS; 1054-41817, /12 ET-APU) FREIGHTER.
4 777-200LRF, FREIGHTER.
4 ORDERS 777-F60 (GE90-110B1), FREIGHTER.
1 +1 ORDER 777-36NER (42102, ETR-APY), (GEF) 12 YEAR LEASED 2013-05.
15 TO 20 ORDERS 777X:
13 787-860 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B64) (34487, /17 ET-ATI "MOTHER TERESA" 2017-05; 16-38475, ET-ATH "RIO DE JANEIRO" 2017-05; 39-34743, /12 ET-AOO "AFRICA FIRST" 2013-07; 44-34744, /12 ET-AOP "QUEEN OF SHEBA;" 49-34745, /13 ET-AOQ "AFRICA FIRST;" 71-34746, /12 ET-AOR "ADDIS ABABA;" 75-34747, /12 ET-AOS "LUCY;" 167-34748, /13 ET-AOT "WALIA IBEX;" 34750, /14 ET-AOV "TAJ MAHAL" 2014-06; 34751, ET-ARE 2014-08; 2017-03), 24C, 246Y.
3 787-8 (GEnx-1B70/75) (36111, ET-ASG), EX-(N-100SS); ET-ASH; ET-ASI) 2015-01 (DEA) LEASED.
4 +2 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER (38778, ET-AUO, 2017-11; ET-AUR).
0 MD-11 (PW4460) (480-48472, /93 N801DE, - SEE PHOTO), (WLD) LEASED 2006-07. RETURNED 2006-08. 291Y.
2 MD-11BCF (CF6-80C2D1F) (603-48769, 2009-02; 615-48758, /97 ET-AML; 624-48780, /98 ET-AND, 2009-08), EX-(TPR), (TBC) LEASED. EX-(N742BC) & EX-(PT-MSJ). 48769; RETURNED. FREIGHTER.
0 A330-243 (TRENT) (635, /04 F-GSEU), (STU) 6 MONTH LEASED 2006-03. RETURNED. 21C, 343Y.
3 +22 ORDERS A350-941 XWB (TRENT XWB-83) (43, ET-ATR "BALE MOUNTAINS" 2016-08; 89, ET-ATY; "ERTALE;" 180, ET-AVB "GELADA BABOON" 2018-02) ((MSN2), 2015-11 - - SEE PICTURE - - "ETH-A350-900 2009-11") AERCAP (DEA) LEASED. 30C, 318Y:
2 ATR 42-320 (PW121) (071, /88 ET-AJC; 076, /88 ET-AJD), LEASED TO SCORPIO 2000-06, 076 RETURNED 2000-06, ALL WHITE COLORS. FOR SALE. 46Y.
1 DHC-5D, BUFFALO, ETHIOPIAN (AF) OPERATIONS.
0 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (816, /85 ET-AIN; 820, /85 ET-AIT; 835, /87 ET-AIX), 816 SOLD 2005-10. GROUNDED 2006-03. 18Y.
4/4 ORDERS BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q400 (PW150A), PALMA HOLDINGS LEASED. 78Y.
8 BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q402 (PW150A) (4299, /10 ET-ANI; 4303, /10 ET-ANJ; 4304, /10 ET-ANK; 4306, /10 ET-ANL; 4307, /10 ET-ANL; 4317, /10 ET-ANV; 4320, /10 ET-ANW; 4330, /10 ET-ANX; 4334, /10 ET-ANY), 4320; LEASED TO ASKY (AKY). 78Y.
5 +2 ORDERS BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q402 (PW150A) (4419, /12 ET-AQB; 4421, /12 ET-AQC; 4427, /12 ET-AQD; 4428, /12 ET-AQE; 4429, /12 ET-AQF), 7C, 60Y.
2 L-382G HERCULES (501-D22A) (67C-5022, /88 ET-AJK; 72C-5306, /92 ET-AKG) (1 VIP CONFIGURED), ETHIOPIAN AF OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.
5 F 50 (PW127B) (20313, /96 ET-AKR; 20328, /97 ET-AKS; 20331, /96 EY-AKT; 20333, /97 ET-AKU; 20335, /97 ET-AKV), 52Y.
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ETH-1-TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM INTERVIEW-A
ETH-1-TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM INTERVIEW-B
ETH-1-TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM INTERVIEW-C
ETH-1-TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM INTERVIEW-D
SEYOUM MESFIN, CHAIRMAN, EX-FOREIGN MINISTER (2001-05).
TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2011-01).
2014-04: See attached interview "ETH-TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM-INTERVIEW-A/B/C/D."
HE S ABRAHA, PRESIDENT.
MESFIN TASEW, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
CAPTAIN TESFAYE AMBAYE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (ADDOTET) (firstname.lastname@example.org) (2004-08).
ANBESSIE AFEWORK, CHIEF SAFETY & SECURITY OFFICER (ADDMZET) (email@example.com) (2004-08) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ABATE GIDAFE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2004-08).
KASSIM GERESU, EXECUTIVE OFFICER CORPORATE FINANCE (2004-08).
KINFE KAHSSAYE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER CORPORATE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT.
FREHIWOT WORKU, EXECUTIVE OFFICER HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
GETACHEW TADESSE, EXECUTIVE OFFICER CUSTOMER SERVICES (2004-08).
TEWOLDE MARIAM, EXECUTIVE OFFICER MARKETING & SALES.
KASSIM GERSU, ACTING EXECUTIVE OFFICER CORPORATE FINANCE.
ESAYAS WOLDEMARIAM, SENIOR VP GLOBAL SALES.
HAILELEUL, GENERAL COUNSEL (2004-08).
SAMUEL ASSEFA, CHIEF AUDIT EXECUTIVE (2004-08).
BUSERA AWEL, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.
CAPTAIN KEBEDE WOLDETSADIK, DIVISION MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (ADDOTET).
TEWOLDE KIDANE, DIVISIONAL MANAGER PLANNING & ENGINEERING (ADDMQET) (email@example.com) (1999-07).
ASMAR ASKABE, DIVISIONAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE (2000-01).
MEKONNEN TEFERA, DIVISIONAL MANAGER TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT
NIGUSO WORKU WORDOFA, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, THE AMERICAS.
SOLOMON YADETA, REGIONAL DIRECTOR SALES & SERVICE, MIDDLE EAST & ASIA.
TECHANE ABRAHA, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.
SHEWANGIZAW BELAY, DEPARTMENT MANAGER ENGINEERING.
MULUKEN ZERU, SUPERVISOR MAINTENANCE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.
DEMISSIE TEKALIGN, LINE MAINTENANCE EXPERT.
GETACHEW TESFA, CHIEF PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR) OFFICER.