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Ethiopian Airlines

About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 and was previously known as Ethiopian Air Lines until 1965. It is Ethiopia's flag carrier and owned by the Ethiopian Government. Its headquarters are located in Addis Ababa, the country's capital. From its hub at the Bole International Airport, the airline has more than 70 Boeing, Bombardier and Airbus aircraft in its fleet.

Ethiopian Airlines has both domestic flights and international routes covering destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Among its more than 100 destinations, the airline's flights to Dubai, Johannesburg, Guangzhou, Nairobi and Beijing are some of the most popular. In 2011 it became a member of the Star Alliance. It is also a member of the African Airlines Association and of the International Air Transport Association. A significant number of carriers have codeshare agreements with the airline. These include Singapore Airlines, Asiana Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Lufthansa.

Online check-in

The airline's online check-in service is available starting from 36 hours ahead of departure for Ethiopian Airlines flights to international destinations and 24 hours prior to domestic flights, right up until 2 hours ahead of takeoff. Passengers can check in with their name and booking number. As well as being able to print their boarding card, passengers can also decide where they would like to be seated for the flight. Passengers cannot check in online if their flight is leaving from the United Kingdom, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Benin, Seychelles, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gabon or Kenya. Airline check-in is available at all airports.

Hand luggage allowance

Passengers with an Economy class Ethiopian Airlines ticket can take 1 item of hand luggage on board that should weigh no more than 7 kg. Business class passengers may each take 2 items of hand luggage that are allowed to weigh up to 7 kg. The length, width and height of any item of hand luggage must not equal more than 23 x 40 x 55 cm. Passengers may also take a coat or blanket, a handbag, a book or magazine, baby food or a camera on all flights. Those travelling with young children can also bring a stroller on their flight.

Checked baggage allowance

Checked baggage allowances on an Ethiopian Airlines flight is governed by the route a passenger is flying on, however most destinations and departure airports allow passengers 1 or maybe 2 pieces of luggage and with maximum weight of 32 kg. Above this, the baggage cannot be transported in the plane. The airline will also carry mobility aids such as a crutches or wheelchairs. There are charges in place for anyone whose luggage is over their allowance. If an item of luggage weighs more than 32 kg, it will have to be transported as cargo, for which there will be an additional charge.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Ethiopian Airlines
  • IATA code: ET
  • Year Founded: 1946
  • Headquarters: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Latest customer reviews on Ethiopian Airlines flights

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3.7 /5
Total reviews based on: 44
Manchester International - OR Tambo International Airport ( MAN - JNB )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-12-12 Location United Kingdom Age 31-50 Class Economy

Value for money

4.0 /5
2 reviews
Addis Ababa
Ambouli - Bole ( JIB - ADD )
5.0 /5
Date 2019-12-01 Location Earth Age 31-50 Class Economy

Thanks, I will recommend you to all. 👍🏾

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Cape Town
Heathrow - Cape Town International Airport ( LHR - CPT )
5.0 /5
Date 2019-11-10 Location kent Age Over 70 Class Economy

I was pleasantly surprised at the standard of this air;ine and would definitely travel with them again.

3.0 /5
2 reviews
Heathrow - Kigali International Airport ( LHR - KGL )
1.0 /5
Date 2019-11-10 Location UK Age Class Economy

i will not be travelling with Ethiopian airlines again, after having experienced a wait of over 8 hours in flying from Heathrow to kigali airport. There was no apology, no offers of refreshments.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Kotoka - Heathrow ( ACC - LHR )
5.0 /5
Date 2019-11-03 Location Age 31-50 Class Economy

cabin crew were very polite and helpful

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Chileka - Lilongwe Intl ( BLZ - LLW )
1.0 /5
Date 2019-11-02 Location England Age Over 70 Class Economy

Flight cancelled

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Heathrow - OR Tambo International Airport ( LHR - JNB )
2.0 /5
Date 2019-10-29 Location Uk Age 31-50 Class Economy

ADIS ababa airport was not a good experience and I am used to travelling well off the beaten track. Men were openly staring at my teenage daughter making her feel uncomfortable including airport staff. Vendors and airport staff were extremely rude. Smoke hurt my lungs and it was dirty. Also the infrastructure was not in place to effectively deal with volumes of people so long queues with little or no explanation of what was going on followed by more queues and seemingly unnecessary repeated security checks that failed to even pick up basic threats. Shall never be using again.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Heathrow - Durban International Airport ( LHR - DUR )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-08-30 Location Durban Age 51-70 Class Economy

Hi There Ethiopian Airlines was a good experience, Flights were on time, stewardess were friendly and helpful and plane was very comfortable. I was unhappy to discover that when I had to book my lugage in from Jhb to Dbn I had to pay for an additional bag. I booked one ticket - paid one amount, Ethiopian Airlines allowed me two bags - surely this should mean my luggage would arrive in Durban without having to pay extra. What if one does not have the money to pay for luggage enroute. Please reply. Thank you

4.0 /5
1 reviews

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