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Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia and is owned by the Ethiopian Government. Customers wishing to pay in local currency, we offer the option to buy flights in Ethiopian Birr. The airline's hub and headquarters are both located at Bole International Airport situated in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines is the African carrier who offers the most African destinations to passengers and is one of the largest African Airline companies. It's currently the fastest growing airline in Africa. The company have been servicing passengers for over 70 years. 

Ethiopian commands the lion's share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

The airline 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 Express & Ancillary Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; ET In-flight Catering; and Ethiopian Ground Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. Ethiopian Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and therefore Ethiopian Airlines has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Air China, Air India, Asiana Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SAS, Rwandair, Oman Air, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has agreements with Malawian Airlines and ASKY Airlines.


Ethiopian Airline's fleet is constantly adapting and changing but currently includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.


Frequent Flyer Program

Ethiopian Airlines has a frequent flyer program called ShebaMiles to reward regular travelers. There are three various membership Tiers including Blue Membership Card, Silver Membership Card and Gold Membership Card. In addition, ShebaMiles cardholders with Gold or Silver status can make use of the Sheba Miles Lounge facilities.

You can collect frequent flyer points easily with Alternative Airlines and reap the benefits from your chosen alliance. If you are not a member of an Airline Alliance yet, have a read of our article to give you an idea of which frequent flyer program is best for you. 


Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Business Class passengers are permitted two pieces of baggage weighing no more than 7kg each without extra cost. For Economy Class passengers, one piece of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg is permitted at no extra cost. Passengers may also carry the following items as long as they do not exceed 5kg: small handbag, laptop, overcoat or blanket, small camera, reading material and infant's basket.

Checked Baggage

The checked baggage allowance for passengers varies depending on the booking class and destination. For domestic flights traveling within Ethiopia, Cloud Nine (Business Class) passengers are permitted 30kg of checked baggage. Economy Class passengers are permitted 20kg. If traveling internationally, please check your booking details for your free baggage allowance.


Online Check-in

Online Check-In

Online check-in is available between two and 36  hours before departure and will enable passengers with Ethiopian Airlines to confirm their attendance, select their seat, and make their way through the airport more efficiently. Check out the web check-in page to find out more information, or our online check-in page to find out about alternative airlines. 


Airport Check-In

Check-in counters open three hours before scheduled departure time and close one hour before, regardless of the airport of departure or whether its an international or domestic flight. Airport check-in can be completed by visiting the check-in desks or by one of the self-service kiosks.


In-flight Entertainment

On certain flights passengers have access to inflight entertainment selection on the screens built into the seat in front of them.


Ethiopian Airlines offers TV programs certain aircraft to help passengers pass the time during their flight.


Ethiopian Airlines provides movies for passengers to enjoy on certain long-haul aircraft.


Fare Classes

Ethiopian Airlines offers multiple class fares: Economy, and Business.


Ethiopian Airlines' Economy Class

Ethiopian Airlines' Economy Class is full of comfort, warm hospitality and service with a smile.


Economy Class Facilities

Before flying, relax in the exclusive Cloud Nine lounge. On-board, facilities provided in Economy class include light snacks or hot meals on all flights with a range of alcoholic beverages and wine. Every passenger can enjoy the Ethiopian cuisines provided on all flight routes. Children meals are also available.

In-flight entertainment is available with music, documentaries and films.


Economy Class Seating

Comfortable seating is provided in Economy Class with entertainment included. Most seating on the Boeing aircraft is 33 inches by 17 inches.



Ethiopian Airlines' Business Class

Business Studios are available on the A380 and 787 Dreamliners, focused on providing a luxurious experience.

"Cloud Nine" is the name of Ethiopian Airlines' Business Class fare

Business Class Facilities

In-flight, relax with personal mood-lighting and a massage function, all provided at the touch of a button. Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, as well as touch screen/high definition TV’s, with noise cancelling headphones, and a Dine Anytime menu. The amenity kit includes two exclusive Colonia products. The A380 Upper Deck also provides a boutique hotel inspired Lobby space.

Business Class Seating

The Business Studio’s have a unique design, with forward and rear facing seats, aimed at offering increased personal space. There are two seating options available, depending on the airplane body. On narrow-body aircraft, Business Seats offer a generous recline as well as ample legroom. On wide-bodied aircraft, Business flatbed seats recline into a fully-flat bed, with full size comforters and pillows, back support, and adjustable headrest and cushion firmness!




Meal Options

Meals are inspired by traditional Ethiopian cuisine, from the traditional national dish ‘Injera be wot’ to ‘Teff’ bread, made with the highest quality and freshest ingredients. In economy class, passengers are given complimentary meals from a light snack to a hot meal, depending on the time and duration of your flight. In ‘Cloud Nine’ cabin, passenger are given a variety of meals, dependent on the duration and departure time of your flight. These are served with fresh fruit, cheese plate, Ethiopian ‘Teff’ bread and a choice of deserts.

Special Dietary Requirements

Ethiopian don’t provide any set special meals, however, if you require a special meal such as a vegan or vegetarian meal, gluten free meal or Kosher meal, contact the airline direct to see what they can do to accommodate you.

Drinks & Alcohol

Passengers can enjoy a selection of drinks on board their Ethiopian Airlines flight, either to accompany their meal or as an aperitif. The selection of drinks include items such as soft drinks, beers and wine.


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Route Map

Ethiopian Airlines Route Map




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Addis Ababa Dark grey plane icon Washington


Washington Dark grey plane icon Johannesburg


Nairobi Dark grey plane icon London


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The airline flies to 20 domestic and 91 international destinations. These destinations include Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Axum, Bahirdar, Bamako, Bangui, Berbera, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Dire Dawa, Dijbouti, Douala, Entebbe, Enugu, Freetown, Gambela, Gondar, Harare, Jimma, Johannesburg, Juba, Kano, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lalibela, Libreville and many others. To find out more about Ethiopian Airline's flight schedule, please use our search form at the top of the page or contact alternative Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines operates flights with connections to a number of safari destinations, please visit our safari flights page to find out more.


Domestic Destinations

Addis Ababa Bahar Dar Gode Kebri Dahar
Abra Minch Dembidolo Gondar Lalibela
Asosa Dessie Humera Mekele
Axum Gambela Jijiga Semera
Awasa Goba Jimma  



International Destinations

Angola Entebbe/
Lubumbashi Seoul
Abuja Enugu Lusaka Shanghai
Accra Frankfurt Madrid Singapore
Antananarivo Gaborone Mahe Stockholm
Asmara Geneva Malabo São Paulo
Bamako Goma Manama Tel Aviv
Bangkok Guangzhou Manchester Tokyo
Beijing Harare Manila Toronto
Beirut Hargeisa Maputo Victoria Falls
Blantyre Hong Kong Milan Vienna
Brazzaville Istanbul Mogadishu Washington D.C
Brussels Jakarta Mombasa Windhoek
Buenos Aires Jeddah Moroni Yaoundé
Bujumbura Johannesburg Moscow Zanzibar
Cairo Juba Mumbai Zaragoza
Cape Town Kano Muscat  
Chengdu Khartoum Nairobi  
Chicago Kigali Ndjamena  
Conakry Kilimanjaro Ndola  
Cotonou Kinshasa Newark  
Dakar Kuala Lumpur Niamey  
Dammam Kuwait City Nosy Be  
Dar es Salaam Lagos Oslo  
Delhi Libreville Ouagadougou  
Djibouti City Lilongwe Paris  
Doha Lomé Pointe Noire  
Douala London Riyadh  
Dubai Los Angeles Rome  
Dublin Luanda Semera  

Hub Airport

Addis Ababa Airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the major hub for Ethiopian Airlines and is one of the largest airports in Africa. The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport.

Other airlines which fly to and from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport include Air China, Egyptair, National Airways Ethiopia, Emirates, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa,  Sudan Airways  and Qatar Airways.


Addis Ababa Airport Lounge Access

The Cloud Nine Lounge at the departure hall in Addis Ababa Airport is exclusive for Cloud Nine passengers where they can wait for their flight in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere in comfortable seats.



Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines Plane

TAR Alliance


Ethiopian Airlines is part of the Star Alliance, which is one of the leading global airline networks. The Star Alliance has 27 member airlines. Originally founded in 1997, the Star Alliance began with five founding members which included Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and even more investment being pumped into frequent flyer programs.



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