Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
About - Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines (abbreviated as “Ethiopian”) is Ethiopia’s national airline, with its primary hub at Bole International Airport. The airline has grown into one of Africa’s top airlines over the last sixty years, unrivaled in Africa for efficiency and operational performance, and has profited for practically all of its existence.
Emperor Haile Selassie established Ethiopian Airlines with the help of TWA on December 30, 1945. It began service on April 8, 1946, with five Douglas DC-3 propeller-driven aircraft flying weekly between Addis Ababa and Cairo. In 1958, the airline began long-haul service to Frankfurt, and in January 1963, it launched its first jet route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. It initially provided aircraft support to the Ethiopia-United States Mapping Mission in its mission to generate topographic maps of Ethiopia in the early 1960s.
Although it initially relied on American pilots and technicians, Ethiopian Airlines was managed and staffed entirely by Ethiopians by its 25th anniversary in 1971. It began transatlantic services in 1998. Ethiopia Airlines trained basic pilots and aviation maintenance technicians from African countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Chad, Djibouti, Madagascar, and Sudan in 2007. Employees at Kenya Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Bellview Airlines, Cape Verde Airlines, and Air Madagascar received additional training.
South African Airways, Lufthansa, TAAG-Angola Airlines, Gulf Air, Air One, Brussels Airlines, British Midland (BMI), Rwanda Air, and Saudi Arabian Airways all have code share agreements with Ethiopian Airlines. On October 25, 2008, Ethiopian Airlines received the prestigious 2008 “Best Airline in Africa Award” at the Akwaaba Travel Market’s African Travel Award gala in Lagos, Nigeria. Ethiopian received the prize for having a “great network and convenient connectivity in Africa.”
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport currently has two runways.
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has two terminals with 11 gates in total Terminal 1 has four gates and Terminal 2 has seven gates. Terminal 1 has Domestic and Regional flights for Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir, Qatar Airways, Sudan Airways, and Yemenia. Terminal 2 has International flights and the rest of the airlines that serve the airport.
Ethiopian Airlines ShebaMiles Lounge (Location: Terminal 1, Airside)
Ethiopian Airlines Star Alliance Gold Lounge (Location: Terminal 2, Landside)
Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine Lounge I (Location: Terminal 2, Airside)
Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine Lounge II (Location: Terminal 2, Airside)
Get to know us
Ethiopian Airlines, originally Ethiopian Air Lines, is Ethiopia’s flag carrier and is completely owned by the Ethiopian government. EAL was established on December 21, 1945, and began operations on April 8, 1946, with international flights beginning in 1951.
|December 21, 1945|
Starting date of operation:
|April 08, 1946|
|Government of Ethiopia (100%)|
|Bole International Airport|
P.O. Box 1755
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: (+ 251) 11 665 2222
Fax: (+ 251) 11 661 1474
|Tel: (+251) 11 665 6666, (+251) 11 665 6161|
Fax: (+251) 11 661 1474
Chief Executive Officer:
|Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam|
Cloud Nine: With room, comfort, and a style of service that makes traveling with Ethiopian a pleasure all of the time, Cloud Nine is a combination of First and Business Class.
Passengers in Economy Class get access to 12 audio channels and a film library with over seven titles.
Frequent Flyer Programme:
Ethiopian Airlines’ frequent flyer program is called ShebaMiles. Members of ShebaMiles accrue miles that entitle them to award tickets, award upgrades, access to executive lounges, additional free luggage allowance, and a variety of other benefits.
The higher the rewards, the more they fly. ShebaMiles has had a frequent flyer program partnership agreement with over 28 airlines, including all Star Alliance member airlines, and over 80 non-airline partners (hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and so on) since December 2011, allowing members to earn miles whenever they use these partners’ services.
Passenger Airport Terminal:
Ethiopian Airlines’ main hub and one of Africa’s largest airports is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. On January 21, 2003, the ultra-modern airport terminal was opened. With its 21st-century facilities, this huge terminal handles all foreign flights.
|Ethiopian has offices in both cities and airports where it operates. It is served by accredited and designated General Sales Agents in other key places (GSA).|