Ethiopian Airlines flights

Ethiopian Airlines are the flag carrying airline of Ethiopia, and are fully owned by the country's government. They've been a member of Star Alliance since 2011, and serve 113 passenger destinations from their headquarters in Addis Ababa. As well as flying to more African destinations than any other airline, they can also lay claim to being Africa's largest airline and one of the only profitable carriers in the sub-Saharan region. Their frequent flyer program, Shebamiles, is partnered with Lufthansa's Miles & More program. This means that members can use their miles for rewards on both airlines. They started flying from Ireland in 2015, with tri-weekly flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa.

Why Fly Ethiopian Airlines

How to check in

Online check in is available from 36 to two hours before departure for all flights, both domestic and international. During check in you have the option to choose your seat. You should print out your boarding pass and bring it with you to the airport. Passengers should arrive at the gate no later than 30 minutes before departure, or one hour before if they have luggage to drop off. Airport check in counters open three hours before departure, and close an hour before departure. Cloud Nine (business class), Gold Shebamiles and Star Alliance members have a separate check in desk. Check in kiosks are also available in some airports.


Economy class passengers can expect a seat pitch of 32" (the space between your seat and the back of the one in front) and a width of 18". This is the industry average, and a few inches more than you would get on many European budget airlines. If you fly in Cloud Nine business class, you can expect a seat pitch of 65" and a very generous seat width of 21".

Booking fees

Fees don't usually apply when booking through Ethiopian Airlines. If you book using a credit card, bring it with you to the airport. Staff may ask to see it for verification.

Service on board

Hot meals, light snacks and a complimentary drink service are included in economy class bookings. In Cloud Nine business class, passengers are given multi-course meals inspired by Ethiopian cuisine as well as fresh fruit and cheese platters. The in-flight entertainment system includes films, music and television shows. The in-flight magazine is called Selamta, and often features interesting travel articles on Africa (as well Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and the Gulf).


Ethiopian Airlines flights usually land on time. In January 2017 they were ranked as the 11th most punctual airline in the world, just missing out on a spot in the top ten. Eight out ten flights land within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival, on average.

Baggage Allowance

Ethiopian Airlines hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Cabin bag size: 23 x 40 x 55cm.

Hand luggage weight allowance: 7kg per piece.

Number of hand luggage pieces allowed: 1 for Economy and 2 for Cloud Nine ticket holders.

Ethiopian Airlines hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Hold baggage size: (w x 1 x h) must not exceed 158cm.

Hold luggage weight allowance: 23kg per piece in Economy and 32kg per piece for Cloud Nine ticket holders.

Number of hold bags allowed: Two (one additional piece for ShebaMiles Gold and Silver passengers, and two for Shebamiles Platinum).

Cost of hold luggage: Baggage free within the stated allowance. Excess baggage charges may vary depending on route.

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