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Ethiopian Airlines

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Ethiopian Airlines is an airline based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the national airline of Ethiopia, servicing scheduled international passenger and freight services to 50 destinations world-wide, and domestic services to 28 destinations and passenger and cargo charter flights.

Ethiopian Airlines was founded on December 30, 1945 by Emperor Haile Selassie. It began operations on April 8, 1946 with a weekly service between Addis Ababa and Cairo with 5 Douglas DC-3 propeller-driven aircraft.

It began long-haul services to Frankfurt in 1958 and launched its first jet service in January 1963 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. In 1965 it changed from being a corporation to a share company and altered its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines.
Even though it relied on American pilots and technicians at the beginning, by its 25th anniversary in 1971, Ethiopian Airlines was managed and fully staffed by Ethiopian personnel. In 1998 it started transatlantic services.

It is one of the few profitable African airlines. The airline was featured by The Economist as an model of excellence in late 1987, and Ethiopianist Paul B. Henze recognized it in 2000 as being “one of the most reliable and profitable airlines in the Third World”.

Ethiopian Airlines commenced “Vision 2010″ a few years ago which targets to increase the net profit of the airline to 1 billion US Dollars and the staff to 6,000. The airline calls its frequent flyer program “Sheba Miles” in reference to the legendary Queen of Sheba.
(Source: wikipedia)