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A Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamlliner resting under the JFK Airport air traffic control tower for the first time. (Photo: Tom Pallini)

African Airlines Are Ailing As Industry Braces for Restart

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already outlined a roadmap of a proposed temporary layered approach that will help to jump-start air travel around the world. The guidelines are geared at building confidence with the aviation stakeholders to enable reopening of borders and the safe return of passenger flights amid the pandemic. There are, however, growing concerns that some African airlines may never be able to set to the skies again, especially those that were already in financial difficulty even…

Ethiopian Airlines Records Strong Half-Year Profit

Though unaudited, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) posted strong half-year financial returns in the current fiscal year with Public Enterprises Agency, reporting a $260 million in profit for the 2019-2020 year. $2.1 billion recorded in revenues made it the second most profitable state-owned corporation in Ethiopia. The airline also foresees a gross…

Ethiopian Airlines Close to Airbus A220 Order, May Replace 737…

Africa's largest and most profitable carrier is hoping to finalize its first Airbus A220 order soon. Ethiopian Airlines is reportedly close to a deal for up to 20 Airbus A220 aircraft which could bring more than $1.6 billion to the aircraft manufacturer. Ethiopian Airlines was one of the airlines affected…

Ethiopian Airlines Continues North American Route Expansion, Announces Flights to…

Ethiopian Airlines will grow its North American routes, adding two cities in the continent to its route map. Scheduled to start in June, New York and Houston will see the African carrier launch flights to Addis Ababa via West Africa using Ethiopian's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. First on the list…

Several 737 MAX 8 Operators Begin to Ground Fleets

Even though information is still scarce at this point, Ethiopian’s ill-fated ET302 flight has triggered a series of decisions of aviation authorities and operators regarding the Boeing 737 MAX. The Chinese Aviation Authority requested airlines, under its jurisdiction, to suspend operations of the variant, “in line with the management principle…

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes Following Departure from…

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed after departing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Flight ET302 to Nairobi, Kenya, had 149 passengers and eight crew representing 33 different nationalities onboard. Ethiopian Airlines confirmed online that the aircraft registration was ET-AVJ, a four-month-old aircraft, which was delivered in November of…

African Airlines Joining Together to Compete with Ethiopian Airlines

Over the course of the past week, news has slowly emerged regarding the attempt of four airlines to hinder the striking growth of Ethiopian Airlines, which many around the continent see as a threat to the emergence of smaller carriers around Africa. As originally reported by Kenya's East African, Air Mauritius,…

Ethiopian to End Dublin Stopovers on Los Angeles Flights

The Ethiopian flag carrier airline Ethiopian Airlines has suspended all ticket sales between Dublin and Los Angeles from mid-December as the airline’s headquarters puts the route “under evaluation." At present, Ethiopian’s Addis Ababa to Los Angeles service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, stops in Dublin to refuel and to…

Ethiopian Airlines Considering Ambitious and Risky Expansion Plan Within Africa

The African continent has a burgeoning aviation industry with growth expected to be around 6 percent annually. However, it accounts for less than 2 percent of the global aviation market at the moment, dominated by outside airlines. While the potential is there to grow the African aviation sector, many factors make…

Ethiopian Helping to Launch New African Airline

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalized agreements with the government of Chad for the launch of a new national carrier for Chad, Chadian Airlines. The new airline will become the national flag carrier of Chad and be jointly owned by the government of Chad and Ethiopian Airlines, the…