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The Ethiopian
Airlines enigma

Par Thibaut Cabrera Zyad Limam - Publié en février 2023
Ethiopian Airlines.SHUTTERSTOCK
Ethiopian Airlines.SHUTTERSTOCK

The national airline now serves over 127 destinations in more than 80 countries across four continents, while being profitable. Despite successive crises, Ethiopian Airlines is a unique African success story.

Departures board at Bole airport one night in November 2022.ZYAD LIMAM
Departures board at Bole airport one night in November 2022.ZYAD LIMAM

​​​​​​​Late November 2022. Somewhere in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, in the United States (New York, Washington...) or in Asia (Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur...), an Ethiopian Airlines plane is about to take off for Addis Ababa. Probably a new generation A350. These flights usually arrive early in the morning in the Ethiopian capital. Precisely at the Bole International Airport, which has just been expanded, with the extension of the terminal and a luxury hotel for transits. Planes are landing, others are preparing to leave for all over Africa - 61 cities in the last count. There are also East-West and North-South trips across the continent. On the tarmac, the activity is bustling, a virtual traffic jam with all those planes lined up, with green, yellow, and red tailplanes, the colors of Ethiopia. In the halls of the airport, the atmosphere is also surprising, groups of people from the four corners of the world, from the four...

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