How Ethiopian Airlines Is Going.
Ethiopian Airlines established itself as the crown jewel of African airline carriers, over the last decade. The airline is the largest carrier on the continent, but more importantly it is also the fastest growing one. Recent reports tell a story of success, with growing passenger numbers and increasing revenue. Simple Flying has taken a closer look at the airlines’ success, and found it to be built on an ambitious strategy set out nine years ago. The carrier has certainly gone from strength to strength, exceeding even its own expectations.
A brief history
Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 by a joint venture between the government and Trans World Airlines, commencing its first flight in 1946. The carrier started out with five surplus American Douglas C-47 Skytrains, soon establishing a regular weekly flight schedule. By 1996 its route network stretched from Europe, to China and Thailand, with representation in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. During this time its African routes also expanded significantly.
Fast-forward to 2019, and Ethiopian Airlines boasts the title of the largest carrier in Africa by revenue and profit. It now services over 100 destinations with a fleet of over 100 aircraft.