Ethiopian Airlines is the national carrier for Ethiopia and flies to 79 international and 17 domestic destinations. Ethiopian Airlines operates 62 aircraft, mainly Boeing 767/777/787, and has a further 33 aircraft on order including 14 Airbus A350 and 8 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Winner of the African Airline of the Year award for 5 consecutive year to 2013 it instigated the Fly Greener initiative to plant trees throughout Ethiopia, demonstrating a clear positive ethical and environmental stance.
Ethiopian hospitality coupled with complimentary meals and snacks appropriate to the route flown together with a flight bag for adults and puzzles and books for children make the flight a comfortable and pleasant one. The airline is highly rated for friendliness and attitude by passengers on Skytrax.
Ethiopian Airlines names its Business class 'Cloud Nine', a catchy name that also brings with it certain expectations. Described as the best airlines blankets ever, you can be sure of a snug time. Food is plentiful and ranges from Ethiopian to western-style and is highly rated.
Ethiopian Airlines flies to 7 European destinations in addition to 2 in the Americas and 16 in the Middle East and Asia. Ethiopian Airlines has two new services to Shanghai and Vienna and these are operational from late March 2014. Flights to Singapore became operational mid-2013. As a member of the Star Alliance Ethiopian Airlines has codeshare agreements with a number of partner airlines giving it the flexibility to serve a wider range of destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines prides itself on its range of authentically inspired Ethiopian dishes and these are plentiful and generous. Drinks are served as and when you need them and any beverage you require will be brought by the attentive and hospitable Ethiopian Airlines flight attendants. Comfortable seating and access to a wide variety of media, including films, TV series and audio are all to be found in the personal entertainment suite.
As one of the first passengers off the aircraft you can avoid the crowds and collect your baggage from the reclaim area and be on your way. If it takes your fancy you can stop by one of the lounges, either the Ethiopian Airlines dedicated lounge or one of the Star Alliance lounges. Either way it's the perfect end to a flight and the best way to start your onward journey to your hotel or business meeting.
Cloud Nine passengers have the luxury of lounge access at Adis Ababa airport before priority boarding and this is a good time to unwind before the flight or to catch up on any paperwork you would rather not do in the air. Once aboard you are settled into your seat and offered a drink by the attentive flight attendants while economy class passengers are taking their seats. As a Cloud Nine passenger you can expect an unhurried service from attentive cabin staff.
In the tradition of Ethiopian hospitality every guest is looked after and this can make a real difference on a long flight, especially with children. The inflight cuisine ranges from a hot meals through to snacks depending on the time of day and route taken. All food served has an authentic Ethiopian influence and a chance to sample local cuisine in the air. Additional beverages, including alcoholic drinks, are available on a complimentary basis.
A large selection of blockbusters, classic films, European, African, Hindi and Asian films together with TV series and documentaries are abundant in the inflight entertainment suite. Children have cartoons in addition to their activity bag. Ethiopian Airlines has an inflight magazine - Selamta - which features quick reads and more in-depth articles, each with an African relevance bringing the continent to life in addition to global stories to knit the continents together.