Ethiopian Airlines First A350 XWB Rolls Out of Paint Shop

The first A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines has been revealed in the airline’s livery following completion of painting in Toulouse. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests.


Ethiopian will become the first airline from the Africa to fly the A350 XWB. The carrier will operate 14 A350 XWBs, of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft.

Ethiopian will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America.



Ethiopian Airlines Group upgrades Aviation Academy

Ethiopian Airlines Group has revamped its Aviation Academy, investing US$100 million in the project. The Academy will have an annual intake capacity of 4,000 students, which will reinforce its position as the largest and the finest Aviation Academy in Africa.


Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated its recently upgraded Aviation Academy. The group invested US$100 million in the upgrade project. With an annual intake capacity of 4,000 students, thanks to the expansion, the school will reinforce its position as the largest and finest Aviation Academy in Africa according to a statement.

The refurbished academy has five training schools, which include the pilot training school, aviation maintenance training school, commercial and ground service school and leadership school.

The expanded academy also has several flight simulators, the B-777, B-787, B-737, B-767/757 and the Q-400, which enables the academy to offer full type rating trainings for pilots as an authorized training organization.

Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian said, “We are proud to be in a position to avail the latest and next generation aviation technology training machines and facilities where we can train the continent’s youth and prepare them for the 21st century African Aviation development,”

“The Ethiopian Aviation Academy is positioning itself to be the catalyst leader in aviation training technology in supporting the African Union to realize its vision 2063”.

Last month, the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy graduated 14 pilots, 53 aviation technicians, 38 marketing agents and 38 cabin crew, including nine trainee pilots from Rwanda three of which are female.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has continued to expanding as competing African airlines are mired in heavy losses. The airline has pursued an aggressive expansion strategy, which has quickly transformed the carrier into the continent’s leading airline, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.


US President held talks with CEO of Ethiopian

H.E. President Barak H. Obama and Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam held  discussions at Bole International Airport beside the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

Desktop-SELH.E President Obama & Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines

The President was very happy to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Ethiopian flag and he thanked Ethiopian Airlines for being a very good longtime customer of Boeing and the USA. He said he has visited the factories in which they are made. He asked for the number of B-787 Dreamliners’ ET operates and Ato Tewolde  replied to the President that Ethiopian has 13 in service and 8 on order.

They also discussed on the performance of the B-787 Dreamliners. Our group CEO explained as follows:

  • Very popular among customers,
  • More humidity in the air which reduces fatigue and dryness,
  • Largest windows in the air,
  • Quietest airplane in its category,
  • Saves 20% fuel burn from other airplanes in its category,
  • Most environmental friendly airplane.

There was also discussions in  honor of Colonel Robinson and in recognition to what he has done for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Ethiopian Airlines has decided to name one of its airplanes after him.

The president was interested to know the most profitable routes in relation to Ethiopian’s vast network. Group CEO briefed him mentioning some examples including Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda  etc..

Ato Tewolde further explained to H.E. President Obama that Ethiopian is flying to 91 international destinations in five continents, (Washington DC and Los Angeles in the USA and Toronto in Canada, 52 destinations in Africa, 24 destinations in the middle East and Asia and 12 destinations in Europe).

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines has also emphasized  on intensifying further the already on- going efforts to re-open the USA Exim Bank as it is ET’s main guarantor of the loans used to purchase  Boeing Airplanes.

Finally, President Obama congratulated Ethiopian Airlines for successfully running the largest airline in Africa.


Ethiopians shocked by ISIS armed group murders

In Ethiopia people are reacting via social media, shocked at the news that their fellow countrymen were brutally murdered by the Islamic State (Isis) armed group, which released a video showing the beheading of 15 Abesha people, or those from Ethiopia and Eritrea, on a beach and the shooting of some 15 people on scrubland in Libya.


“What can I say? It’s so touchy. Most of us Ethiopians are very sad over hearing what the evil groups are doing. It happened before to our brothers in Egypt,” Dejen Aserat, a resident of Addis Ababa told RFI, referring to the 21 Coptic Christians killed by Isis in Libya in February.

The British Coptic community sent their condolences in a statement, calling these murders “appalling and senseless”.

Ethiopia Islamic State Killings-1

“Having seen the courageous response of the families of the Coptic martyrs in Libya, we pray similar strength, courage and peace for all those suffering as a result of this brutal act,” said Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.

The Abseha men are shown on the video with the subtitle “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church”.

“You know, as a human being, we didn’t believe that religion will be expanded through killing. Most Ethiopians are really very sad hearing this thing and we will pray that God will put their souls in heaven,” said Aserat.

The video was posted on Sunday and condemned by the US government.

Associated Press reached Ethiopian government spokesperson Redwan Hussein on Sunday. He initially said that the government couldn’t confirm that those killed in the video were actually Ethiopian.

Ethiopians on twitter reacted angrily, giving the names and photos of two men in the IS video who allegedly come from the Cherkos area of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

One blogger who did not want to be identified told RFI that eight others were Ethiopian-born Eritreans.

RFI spoke to Geneva-based Father Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean Catholic priest from Agencia Habeshia who helps migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. He saw the video and says the men who died were en route to what they hoped would be a better life.

“I am sure these people are new arrivals to Libya to try and reach Europe … Really, this is a big tragedy for them, for the families,” he says. “This is a really dangerous situation for many others, refugees, who try to cross Libya to reach Europe.”

Father Zerai says that Ethiopians and Eritreans are a prime target in Libya because the most of them are Christian.

“Christian people, especially from Eritrea and Ethiopia, are discriminated against in Libya because of the religion issue. It’s not the first time, it’s not new — discrimination or bad treatment, all these things. But it’s the first time they are targeted in this way. They are killed by Isis because they are Christian. This is the first time.”

The government needs to state if Ethiopia will fight in Libya after this atrocity, says Daniel Berhane, the editor of the Horn Affairs media outlet in Addis Ababa.

“It’s really appalling, it’s shocked many Ethiopians,” he said. “But I hope our government will not be dragged into a war there but we’ll have to wait for what they will say.”

The Ethiopian government released an official statement on Monday afternoon, 24 hours after the video was released, saying that those killed in the video were Ethiopian nationals and that it is working to identify the dead.

The government said it will observe three days of national mourning starting on Tuesday, with flags lowered to half-mast to mourn “atrocities committed against our nationals in Libya and South Africa” – a reference to Ethiopians who were recently targeted in the anti-immigrant violence in South African townships.

Meanwhile, Father Zerai is waiting for the 50 migrants who survived the latest Meditarranean shipwreck to be brought to the Italian mainland.

He’ll be on his way to Italy Monday evening to speak with those people to find out exactly how many migrants were on board and to give spiritual assistance to those who saw their deckmates die in front of them.

By Laura Angela Bagnetto

Ethiopian Airlines among the top 10 most dependable airlines in the world


Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest and most profitable airline, has been ranked as the 6th most dependable airlines in the world according to CBS news. With a fleet size of 76 aircraft and more than 100 destinations , 81 of them internationally, Ethiopia’s flag carrier has an on-time record of 71% and is ranked as the 6th most dependable airlines in the world.

Ethiopian flies to more destinations in Africa than any other airline in the world and it is Africa’s dominant airline in Asia, flying to 21 cities in Asia including the Middle East and Gulf.

The most dependable airline in the ranking is Qatar Airways followed by Emirates and China Eastern. Singaopre Airlines is ranked 4th and China Southern Airlines 5th. You can see the complete list on CBC News

Ethiopian Airlines

Fleet size: 76

Number of destinations: 101+

On-time percentage: 71%

Average age of fleet: 7 years

Africa’s largest and most profitable airline has been in rapid expansion mode to capture the hot Africa-Asia market.

Ethiopia is building a massive airport to house the airline’s home base. The country is looking to shed its image of famine and poverty, and showcase its booming economy.

Ethiopian Airlines Launches Mobile Payment with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of mobile payment for online ticket purchase in Ethiopia. The option was made possible with the cooperation of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and Flocash, an integration system provider.
Ethiopian has already implemented, since last year, the mobile payment option in some African markets enabling its online customers to book and pay with their local card. This service will now be available in Ethiopia with customers from Ethiopia able to book their trip, pay and receive payment confirmation with associated passenger record locater with a single connection.
Advantages of the new one-click service include saving time and money through various discount offers. The new Mobile payment option is user friendly. After selecting their flights at, passengers may choose the CBE Mobile at the payment page. To make payment, they will simply need to use their CBE enabled mobile app to authorize and confirm payment. Ethiopian ticket itinerary will be sent to the customer after a successful payment is made. The service is powered by FloCash – the leading payment provider in Africa.

 Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “This Mobile payment service given in coordination with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia heralds a new era of e-commerce and mobile payments in the country by allowing our customers to use local payment options for online ticket purchase. It is part of our grandiose plan called “Mobility”, which aims to use mobile digital channels for enhancing our customers’ experience. In November, we started Mobile SMS information system with access to real-time and personalized information regarding flight information and cargo. Now, we are taking it a step further by availing mobile payment option for on-line purchase in Ethiopia. As a customer service organization, we will continuously work hard to avail to our customers the best possible travel experience both on the ground and on-board.”

Currently, customers in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Cameron, Brazil, and Ethiopia are able to complete their payment using local payment option online, and by the end of this year Senegal, Zambia and Rwanda will also be enabled.


Ethio Telecom’s 4G network to launch on Saturday

8884ec78Officials at the state monopoly Ethio Telecom have announced that the country’s much awaited 4G network is set to be inaugurated on Saturday. Dire Tube has learnt that the 4G LTE network, constructed by the Chinese ZTE and Huawei companies at a cost of 1.6 billion dollars, will be inaugurated on Saturday morning at the Hilton Hotel. Ethio Telecom originally announced it will roll out its 4G service for its customers in Addis Ababa beginning from May 2014.

In a press conference it held on August 2014, the company also promised to commence rendering the 4G service for locations outside of Addis Ababa at the start of the current year.Sources said the new network will have 210 dedicated antennas for 4G connections.

The downloading capacity of the 4G network is said to be 150mbit/sec while 3G’s is 42mbit/sec. The new 4G service will be provided to smart phones with 4G capacities.

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