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First in a series of Airline Profiles

Ethiopian Airlines with its order for up to 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger planes, will be the first Africa-based operator using this super-efficient, all-new jetliner. "You just can't ignore how far Boeing has advanced the technology of commercial aviation with the 787 Dreamliner," said Ato Girma Wake, Ethiopian Airlines CEO. "The 787 represents the future - one in which Ethiopian Airlines will play a major part,and we view this airplane to be a cutting-edge solution to bolster our passenger service, improve our efficiencies and add to the airline's bottom line."Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Alan Mulally shared his enthusiasm, saying, "We are proud of Ethiopian Airlines' pioneering spirit and we share its goal of maintaining innovative leadership in commercial aviation."

Partners with Boeing

The Boeing Aircraft Company's ongoing partnership with Ethiopian Airlines dates back over 50 years. Ethiopian Airlines has long played a leading role in the development of commercial aviation on the African continent. Now, as a leading member of the 787 launch customer team, Ethiopian Airlines becomes a key partner in developing the 787 family of airplanes. Among its many firsts, the carrier initiated jet service when it added a Boeing 720B in 1963. Today, it operates an all-Boeing jet fleet of 737 and 767 airplanes. By ordering the versatile and technologically ground-breaking 787, Ethiopian Airlines sets the stage for continued growth and realization of its motto of linking Africa to the world, while benefiting from the airplane's superior efficiency and unmatched comfort.

Winning Friends. Why First Impressions Count
by Jerry W. Bird

We all have our heroes - and here is one of mine. How many of our under 30 generation have read his books, or even know about Dale Carnegie, I could never guess. Yet this one man's simple concepts have changed millions of lives dramatically and positively for generations, not just in North America, but around the world. In my opinion everyone should read at least one of his inspiring books. This author and teacher leads by example. Ethiopian Airlines management has the same action-based thinking and 'hands on' approach Carnegie writes about in his best seller, "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Speaking of winning friends, the way our group of 11 journalists was looked after during a Tourism Ministry sponsored flight from the USA to Addis Ababa and around the country, left its mark indelibly on each of us.

A Flight into History
Following the Historic Route Tour to Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar, I worked at the airline's head office for several days, laying the foundation for future issues of Africa Travel Magazine. During our international and regional flights, our team experienced the "Spirit of Ethiopian Airlines" first hand. Bringing Africa TogetherI won't pretend to be a complete stranger to the airline; a friend at ATA, Hagos Legesse of New York, presented me with a deluxe edition of "Bringing Africa Together," a book that charts the rise of Ethiopian Airlines to world status, through decades of trials and tribulations, peace and war. The addition of direct flights to Addis Ababa from Washington, DC Dulles International Airport is an important feather in Ethiopian Airline's cap.

Pride in Service

If all of this tender loving care I spoke of wasn't enough - on our return flight I was presented with a beautiful silk necktie compliments of the airline. I've worn it with pride on many occasions ever since. This example of "wearable art" bears a replica of the classic stained glass window which adorns the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa. The design is by the Tekle, often called the Artist Laureate of Ethiopia. Having pioneered a mighty "Air Bridge to Africa," Ethiopian Airlines now flies to more African destinations than any carrier in the world. See the above map above for a quick idea of its routes to and from the continents. From what myself and colleagues have experienced in my first return flight, I am sure that Ethiopian Airlines will continue to influence people and win friends for generations to come. Read more about Ethiopian Airlines in our coming edition and on our web Site.

At the Beginning

Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 by Emperor Haile Selassie and commenced operations in 1946, with a weekly service between Addis Ababa and Cairo. It started long-haul services to Frankfurt, Germany in 1958 and inaugurated its first jet service in 1963 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. In 1965, the airline changed from a corporation to a share holding company. It is wholly owned by the government of Ethiopia and has over 5,000 employees.

Competent Staff

By its 25th anniversary in 1971, Ethiopian Airlines was managed and fully staffed by Ethiopian personnel and started transatlantic services in 1998. It is one of the few profitable African airlines and was featured by The Economist as an example of excellence. In 2000 it was recognized as "one of the most reliable and profitable airlines in the third world."

Scope of Operations

In 2002, the airline carried 1,054,687 passengers. It employed 4,539 staff in January 2005. Ethiopian Airlines commenced "Vision 2010" a few years ago which aims to increase the net profit of the airline to 1 billion US Dollars and the staff to 6,000. The airline calls its frequent flyer program "Sheba Miles" in reference to the legendary Queen of Sheba. Currently Ethiopian operates 35 flights weekly to six destinations in the Middle East; namely - Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Beirut, Dubai, Jeddah and Sana'a. The introduction of two additional weekly flights to Riyadh and Kuwait will further strengthen Ethiopian's foot prints in the Middle East.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa, has a heritage dating back to the first century AD. Traders from Greece, Rome, Persia and Egypt knew of the riches of what is now Ethiopia, and by the first century AD, Axum was the capital of a great empire. This realm became one of the first Christian lands of Africa. Late in the 10th Century, Axum declined and a new Zagwe dynasty, centred in what is now Lalibela, ruled the land. Axum, Lalibela and Gonder now provide the greatest historical legacy. It was in the 16th Century that the son of the great explorer Vasco Da Gama came to Ethiopia. He found a land of many kingdoms and provinces beset by feuds and war.In the 19th Century, under the leadership of the great Emperor Menelik, the country's passage to modernization began. The following are some of Ethiopia's historical attractions.

Training at the Core

Pilot Training School and Aviation Maintenance Technician School, commissioned in 1964 and in 1967 respectively, are selected as training centers for African and Middle East countries. The development of these training outfits has made the Airline self-sufficient in meeting its requirements for personnel of professional categories, using a highly qualified and experienced Ethiopian Airline training staff. Over the last 35 years, these training schools and their respective training units have also been extending their services to the nationals of over 52 countries in Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Europe.

School Accreditation

The syllabi of both schools are approved and accredited by

• Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority

• African Civil Aviation Commission

African Airlines Association

• International Civil Aviation Organization

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Admission and Registration

An applicant should be a high school graduate or equivalent (at GCE 'O' level minimum) with good grades in English, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates must be between 18 and 25 years of age and must pass category I medical examination by aviation medical examiner.

For pilot trainees, the minimum height requirement is 170 cm.


The medium of instruction is English. Candidates are required to read, write, speak and understand English. For non-English speakers, a 4-6 months English language course is conducted at extra fee, with the aid of a modern language laboratory.

Training Facilities

Various training aids are used to help trainees understand the subject matter thoroughly in a relatively short period. These include various projection and audiovisual (AVU) equipments, computer based training facilities (CBT), simulators, microcomputer processors and digital technology laboratory equipments.

For further information please contact:

Division Manager Technical Sales & Marketing


Telephone: +251-11-6615272

Fax: +251-11-6611738

E-Mail: Mkttech@ethiopianairlines.com


Ethiopian Airlines

336 East 45th Street, Suite 301

New York, NY 10017

212 867-0120

212 692-9589

Website www.flyethiopian.com is a search leader on Google, Yahoo and MSN.com for a wide variety of Africa topics.