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Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines was established on December 21, 1945. Its IATA code is ET. On April 8, 1946, it launched domestic commercial flights, and in 1951 it extended its offer to international transits. Ethiopian Airlines has been a member of the International Air Transport Association since 1959 and a member of the African Airlines Association since 1968. The carrier’s main airport is Addis Ababa Airport. In 2013, the airline won a string of awards, including a distinction for the best staff for perfect customer service, the award for the best regional airline in Africa and the third prize in a row for the reliability of the airline. Ethiopian Airlines offers its clients cheap domestic and international flights to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, America and Canada.

Hand baggage and hold luggage - dimensions and weight

Ethiopian Airlines allows you to bring baggage to the aircraft cabin, but under certain conditions. Baggage should fit in the overhead or seat compartment. The maximum dimensions are 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm. Passengers with an economy class air ticket can bring one unit of hand baggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg, while business class passengers - two units. Regardless of the chosen class, the passenger can also carry a bag, a briefcase or a laptop bag with a maximum weight of 5 kg free of charge.

Restrictions in the carriage of goods

For safety reasons, it is prohibited to carry certain types of lithium batteries, explosives and flammable substances, compressed gas cylinders or poisonous substances, e.g. insecticides, in  cabin and hand baggage at Ethiopian Airlines. Some items not allowed in hand baggage may, however, be carried in hold baggage. Such items include, for example, knives or penknives. Hand baggage can contain a total of 1 litre of liquid in containers of no more than 100 millilitres, which should be additionally packed in an airtight and transparent plastic bag. There is no restriction in hand baggage for children and medicines if the passenger needs them.

What booking class does Ethiopian Airlines offer?

At Ethiopian Airlines, booking classes are divided into two basic ones: business class, also called Cloud Nine, and economy class. The passengers of Cloud Nine have at their disposal many on-board facilities available, e.g. more comfortable and larger seats or more types of on-board entertainment. Economy class passengers, depending on the type of machine, can take advantage of fold-out seats with more leg room and access to audio and video. For all flights, regardless of the class chosen, passengers are provided with food and drinks included in the price of the air ticket. They can also order additional drinks at an extra cost.

How to check-in online at Ethiopian Airlines?

At Ethiopian Airlines each passenger can use both traditional check-in at the airport as well online check-in. The second of these methods is much more convenient. It allows you to confirm your flight without leaving your home and avoid queuing at the airport. Online check-in is possible at the earliest 36 hours and no later than 2 hours before departure. This rule applies to international and domestic flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines. After entering your details and selecting a seat, print the generated boarding pass and bring it to the airport with your air ticket and a personal identification document. Passengers traveling without checked-in baggage should arrive at their gate 30 minutes prior to departure. People arriving at the airport should arrive at the airport one hour before the planned international flight and 45 minutes before the domestic flight in order to allow time to register baggage and pass security checks.

Aircrafts in the Ethiopian Airlines fleet

In 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines fleet consisted of 116 machines. Most are different models of the Boeing 737. In addition, the fleet includes the Airbus A350-900 model. It is also worth mentioning that in 2013, Ethiopian Airlines had the largest fleet of all airlines in Africa.

What services does Ethiopian Airlines feature in its offer?

Ethiopian Airlines prepares on-board meals for passengers with special dietary recommendations. On top of that, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is equipped with a range of passenger facilities. Travelers flying in economy class can use 8.9-inch TVs placed on the seats. They are offered 80 channels with entertainment adapted to people of all ages. In turn the business class offers 15.6-inch screens and 85 different channels.

The head office of Ethiopian Airlines - Addis Ababa Airport

The International Addis Ababa Airport is not only a base of Ethiopian Airlines, but also the busiest airport in Ethiopia. During the year, it serves around 4 million passengers and up to 300 flights a day during the season. It is located 8 kilometres southeast of the city centre. You can get there by minibus or taxi. In addition, it is possible to rent a car at the airport. The port is equipped with two terminals. The first handles domestic and international flights of Ethiopian Airlines and other carriers. The second terminal is reserved exclusively for international flights and is the largest airport terminal in Africa. At the airport, passengers can take advantage of, among others: VIP area, duty-free zone, free Wi-Fi, bank, post office, currency exchange and many others.