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"The New Spirit of Africa" is fittingly Ethiopian Airlines' tag line. The airline is simply referred to as Ethiopian and provides scheduled flights to and from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Reserve your Ethiopian Airlines South Africa ticket for an amazing flight experience by completing the booking form above or learn more about this up and coming contender in the African airline industry below.

Wholly owned by the Government with their hub located at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the airlines maiden flight was to Cairo in 1946. Today Ethiopian touches down in 92 cities across Africa, Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia with 20 domestic stops.

Ethiopian is a Star Alliance member with no less than 25 code-share agreements that include South African Airways, Air Canada and Lufthansa with several others in the pipeline. To cover needs for reliable, safe and competitive air travel services in West and Central Africa, Ethiopian Airlines established a second hub ASKY Airlines, a multinational private airline with its base in Lome, Togo. To provide better connectivity with more options for travellers in the Southern African regions, Ethiopian signed a code-share agreement with Malawi Airlines in 2013.

According to CBS news (December 2015), Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s most profitable and largest airline, ranked 6th as the most dependable airline in the world besides flying to more destinations in Africa than any other global airline. Confirming these facts, the airline took the awards for African Airline of Year 2016 (May 2016), Best African Cargo Airline of the Year (April 2016), Best Airline in Nigeria from the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (March 2016) and received certification for its Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence (May 2016).

In 2018, Ethiopian Airlines won the following awards:

  • Africa's Most Outstanding Food Services Award
  • APEX Passenger Choice Award
  • Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Award for “Best business class in Africa and Indian Ocean”


Ethiopian touches down at 51 destinations in Africa, 16 in Europe and America such as London, Dublin, Washington DC, Toronto, Paris and Rome. Their 25 destinations in the Middle East and Asia include Tokyo, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Hong Kong and Dubai. Ethiopian Airlines cargo facility operates to 21 destinations in Africa, 11 in the Middle East and Asia and to 3 in Europe.

Ethiopian Airlines Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban offer flights to and from Mumbai, Delhi, Tel Aviv, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi.

Cabin Classes and Baggage Allowances with Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines offers two flight cabin classes as follows:

  • Cloud Nine: passengers flying in Cloud Nine class on long haul flights are provided with an extensive in-flight program offering the latest TV shows, games, movies, audio books and music. The national Ethiopian dish "Injera bǝ wot is served along with a selection of local breads, cheeses, fresh fruits, and deserts. Seats in Cloud Nine class are comfortable and spacious with extra leg room. Cloud Nine passengers are allowed 2 pieces of checked in baggage no more than 32kg each or 3 pieces of checked in baggage no more than 23kg each. Passengers are also allowed 2 pieces of carry-on baggage no more than 7kg each.
  • Economy Class: passengers flying in Economy class on long haul flights enjoy comfortable seating space and the latest in-flight entertainment system. For younger children, activity packs are available. The national Ethiopian dish is served lasagna style along with a selection of soft drinks, fine wines and beverages. Economy class passengers are allowed 2 pieces of checked in baggage of no more than 23kg each. 1 piece of carry-on baggage is allowed as long as it weighs no more than 7kg.


Operating the youngest fleet in Africa, Ethiopian has a passenger fleet that consists of the following:

  • Airbus A350-900XWB (8)
  • Boeing B787-8 (19)
  • Boeing B777-300ER (4)
  • Boeing B787-9 (2)
  • Boeing B777-200LR (6)
  • Boeing B767-300ER (6)
  • Boeing B737-800W (16)
  • Boeing B737-700NG (8)
  • Q400-Bombardier (21)

The airline plans to expand its passenger fleet with the following aircraft which are already on order:

  • Airbus A350-900XWB (16)
  • Boeing B787-900 (6)
  • Q400 Bombardier (2)
  • Boeing B737 MAX 8s

The Ethiopian brand

Their Vision 2025 is geared towards becoming the most leading, competitive and safe aviation brand in Africa with the spotlight on passenger and cargo transport, flight catering, ground services and aviation training. As an airline, safety is their main priority along with essential changes and continued improvements for better performance, reliability and service. Adopting a zero tolerance attitude towards inefficiency, bureaucracy and indifference, they strive towards absolute customer satisfaction.

Ethiopian have been part of or sponsored numerous worthy causes that include: Save a Childs Heart, Boeings Humanitarian Delivery Flights, Mary Joy Ethiopia, Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled, 13th St. Patricks Day Charity Ball, Ethiopian Beekeepers Association and a lunch feeding program to Feed Students in Addis Ababa Elementary and Junior Schools plus many others.

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