Ethiopian Airlines is an airline based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the Ethiopian national airline and operates international passenger and cargo flights to 80 cities around the world, as well as domestic flights to 28 cities and passenger and cargo charter flights. Its main base is located at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Airlines was founded on December 30, 1945 by King Haile Selassie with the support of the TWA. Operations began on April 8, 1946 with weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Cairo with 5 Douglas DC-3 aircraft.
Long-distance flights began to Frankfurt in 1958 and inaugurated its first jet flight in January 1963 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. In 1965, the company that originally transformed the corporation into a joint company and changed its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines. Wholly owned by the Government of Ethiopia and has 4.700 employees (March 2007).
Although initially requires technicians and pilots from the United States, the birthday-25 in 1971, Ethiopian Airlines is managed entirely by the people of Ethiopia. Has been described by Paul B. Ethiopianis
Henze as “one of the most profitable airlines in the Third World”, noting That the airline was featured by The Economist as an example of excellence. In a sign that the airline had entered by The Economist as an example of corporate excellence. In 1998, the Ethiopian starting trans-Atlantic flight. As South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Air Maroc, Tunisair and Kenya Airways, Ethiopian is one of the few profitable African airlines.