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The airplane involved in the accident departing on its delivery flight from Boeing Field (Photo: Lion Air)

Indonesia Removes Ban On Boeing 737 MAX

On Tuesday, the Indonesian transport ministry lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, three years following the first deadly crash involving the Indonesian carrier, Lion Air, killing all 189 people on board.  The aircraft was originally grounded by aviation authorities globally — following the second fatal accident in March 2019 — which involved a 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines, resulting in the loss of all 157 souls on board.  The release of the ban on the…

Ethiopian Airlines Prepares For Boeing 737 Max Return

Ethiopian Airlines is now laying the groundwork for the return of the Boeing 737 Max. The airline on Monday issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) on the Boeing 737 MAX that will help pave the way for the model's return to service with the first flight expected on Feb. 1. Ethiopian…

Zambia Airways Launches Flight Operations

Africa's largest airline Ethiopian Airlines announced the final preparation for the launch of Zambia's national carrier — in a joint venture with Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC). In the proposed joint venture, Ethiopian Airlines will take a 45 percent stake in the joint venture while Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC)…

Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing Formulate 787 Landing Gear Exchange Program

Boeing recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopian Airlines that enables the airline to bring cost-saving measures to its maintenance operations with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner landing gear exchange program. The new agreement — signed at the ongoing Dubai Air Show — guarantees the availability of 29 landing gear shipsets…

Ethiopian Airlines Renews SabreSonic Agreement With Minimum Commitment of $110…

Ethiopian Airlines and Southlake, Texas-based Sabre Corporation, announced they have renewed their long-standing strategic partnership in passenger management systems for yet another seven-year with a minimum commitment of $110 million. Under the renewed agreement, Ethiopian airlines will continue to use Sabre's passenger service system – SabreSonic – enabling it to…

Ethiopian Receives New Dash 8-400

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an eight-year operating lease agreement with specialist regional aircraft lessor TrueNoord for a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 (MSN 4621). This is TrueNoord's first lease program in Africa and, according to the lessor, funding for the aircraft was provided by TrueNoord’s revolving warehouse facility, underwritten by…

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of 32nd Dash 8-400

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada on Saturday announced the delivery of another Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, with the airline reaching a milestone of 32 Dash 8-400 aircraft in its fleet. Ethiopian added its first Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010. The recent delivery highlights the…

US Orders Airlines to Assist in Afghanistan Evacuation

According to multiple sources, the U.S. Transportation Command, part of the Department of Defense, alerted the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, composed of most United States-based airlines, that it would order them to assist in the U.S. military evacuation from Afghanistan.  On Sunday, the Secretary of Defense officially ordered the third…

Ethiopian Posts Leading Punctuality Record for 2021

Against a backdrop of the coronavirus health crisis and the downward trend in the aviation industry that has seen a significant drop in air business volume, Africa's largest airline by size, Ethiopian Airlines has today announced it achieved a punctuality of 91% On-Time Performance of all global flight departures for…

Ethiopian Airlines Takes First Converted B737-800SF

On March 25, aviation leasing and sales firm GA Telesis, LLC announced the delivery of the first 737-800SF (line number MSN 32903) passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion to Ethiopian Airlines. The aircraft was delivered from an Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet in Miami. The second 737-800 (MSN 28826)…