Ethiopian Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Ethiopia. The airline was founded in 1945 and is now one of Africa’s major airlines flying the only daily east-west flight on the continent. Cheap flights from Ethiopian Airlines depart primarily from their home hub at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, which serves the Ethiopian capital, and fly to nearly 60 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.
Ethiopian Airlines flights from the UK depart from London Heathrow Terminal 3, flying direct to the airline’s base airport in Addis Ababa. The flight from the UK to Ethiopia takes around 7 hours 45 minutes. Other destinations served indirectly by cheap flights from Ethiopian Airlines include Kenya, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Tanzania. Ethiopian Airlines flights operate with a fleet mainly consisting of Boeing aircraft, though the airline does have Airbus products on order.
The check-in for Ethiopian Airlines flights opens three hours, and closes one hour, before departure, however the airline recommends getting to the airport three hours prior to the flight.
The hold baggage allowance on Ethiopian Airlines flights from London to Addis Ababa is two bags of 23kg in Economy, and three bags of 23kg in Business Class. Hand luggage allowance on all Ethiopian Airlines flights is one 7kg bag per person with dimensions no greater than 20cm x 40cm x 55cm.
Economy Class passengers on Ethiopian Airlines have 31 inches of leg room. The seat pitch for Business Class passengers is a much more spacious 52 inches.
Frequent Flyer Programme
The frequent flyer programme for Ethiopian Airlines is called ShebaMiles. The bonus miles earned by members can be used for cheap flights from Ethiopian Airlines and partner airlines.
According to Ethiopian Airlines information sources, the company ‘vision’ is to achieve market leadership in 2010, which the airline is already well on the way to doing. Ethiopian Airlines has won several awards in the last few years, including “Airline of the Year 2009” at the African Business Awards.