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Original ATA News Release
2007 Congress Agenda


Jun 16, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations to start three weekly services to Madrid, Spain starting from 2 September 2014.
Ethiopian flights to Madrid will be operated through Rome and will bring the number of the airline’s international destinations across five continents to 83. The flights will provide the best connectivity options between Spain and East and Southern Africa.

Madrid, the political, economic and financial hub of Spain, is the country’s biggest and Europe’s the third largest city. It also houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization and numerous major corporations.

"We are very pleased to announce to our esteemed customers that Ethiopian will start services to Madrid, bringing the number of our European destinations to ten. The continued expansion of our network in Europe will enable our customers to enjoy wider 

choice of connectivity options when travelling between Europe and Africa. Spain is a major tourist originating and destination country. Our new route to Madrid will create opportunities for further strengthening the investment, trade, and tourism ties between

 Spain and 49 destinations in Africa with convenient and seamless connection through our main hub in Addis Ababa.", said Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam.

Passengers to and from Madrid will enjoy convenient connections to destinations in Ethiopian wide route network such as Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salam, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lusaka, Luanda and Johannesburg.



(eTN) - It was Ethiopian Airlines which came out tops of the Africa and Middle East operators of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop aircraft with a dispatch reliability of 99.4 percent, taking the honors for the fourth year running since this aircraft type joined the ET fleet.

Ethiopian presently operates 13 of these aircraft, with several of them already reconfigured into a two class version, offering 7 business class seats and 60 in economy class and uses them mainly on domestic and shorter regional routes, including flights to the East African airports of Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa and Juba for their off peak connections.

Ethiopian Airlines' CEO Tewolde Gebremariam say in a media release: ‘We are pleased to receive the award for the fourth year in a row. I wish to thank our employees and especially those working in our light aircraft and turbo-prop section for this outstanding result. It is the fruit of their continued dedication and hard work. We are committed to providing to our esteemed customers reliable schedule and punctual flights at all times. Our higher dispatch reliability performance is a reflection of this commitment to our customers on the domestic and regional routes’.

Ethiopian was the first African operator to take delivery of a Q400 aircraft and has since been joined by RwandAir, which also operates one dual class Q400 on its domestic and regional routes.

Ethiopian is also a Bombardier certified maintenance facility and besides maintaining their own fleet at their in-house MRO also services the RwandAir Q400.


July 11, 2013

Bombardier Aerospace added further bench strength to its fast growing support network in Africa by naming one of the continent’s leading carriers, Ethiopian Airlines of Addis Ababa, as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for commercial aircraft. Bombardier has signed a Letter of Intent to authorize the airline to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft. The agreement is expected to take effect by late August.
Ethiopian Airlines operates modern and complete aircraft, engine and component overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The facility employs an all-Ethiopian workforce of over 750 licensed technicians and support staff.
“This agreement with Ethiopian Airlines – one of Africa’s most respected airlines and a valued Bombardier customer – will provide the growing number of Bombardier operators in this region with more options for high quality maintenance support closer to their base of operations,” said Éric Martel, President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “We are enthusiastic about the many new opportunities for commercial aviation in Africa and, through sustained investment and focus, we are expanding our support services on the continent at an accelerated pace.”
Established in 1945, award-winning Ethiopian Airlines is the flagship carrier of Ethiopia. In 2012, the airline received one of Bombardier’s top honours – an Airline Reliability Performance Award – for outstanding dispatch reliability on its Q400 aircraft fleet. Last November, the airline became the first to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners outfitted with a dual-class configuration on Bombardier’s production line. These five dual-class aircraft are currently in service with the airline and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. In total, the carriers operate a fleet of 13 Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners.
This announcement closely follows earlier news that Bombardier is establishing a full service Regional Support Office at the Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa and will open a 2,153 square-foot (200 square metres) parts depot there by the end of this year.
More than 240 Bombardier business and commercial jets are based in Africa. Ethiopian Airlines will join a network of more than 60 ASF and Line Maintenance Facilities (LMF) that serve operators of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft spanning across more than 25 countries worldwide.
Source: Bombardier.

Ethiopian Airlines: Flying the Air Highways
to Africa and Beyond

Information to come on Ethiopian Airlines routes (above) plus other airlines serving Ethiopia.

We will also publish the text of our interviews in Ethiopia with airport authorities on the development of regional airports and the modern terminal facilities under construction at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

During close to 30 days in Ethiopia, one of the first things we noticed was the major renovation of Airport Terminals at Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar, the first three regional air gateways we visited. From our interviews we learned that two international and twelve regional/ domestic airports are administered by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, which has undergone a comprehensive National Airports Development Plan covering the period to 2017.

The biggest development of all, however, is at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.