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Air Ethiopia becomes operational
By Kaleyesus Bekele
One of the newly established private airlines in Ethiopia, Air Ethiopia, this week began to provide customers with flight services. Air Ethiopia would be the first private airline to start regular flights here.
Capt. Abera Lemi, who used to work for the national Airlines, established Air Ethiopia last October. Air Ethiopia is now providing passenger, cargo, ambulance, charter, and non-scheduled flight services between Addis Ababa and regional centres. The company will start scheduled flight services to Mekelle and Bahir Dar as of next week. The company will fly Tuesdays and Fridays to Mekelle and Mondays and Thursdays to Bahir Dar. Air Ethiopia was planning to fly to Mekelle today on a non-scheduled flight.
Air Ethiopia has acquired a 19-seater aircraft called Beach 1900 from an American aviation company with a lease purchase agreement. The aircraft arrived here on February 23 and conducted its maiden VIP flight on Wednesday. The aircraft can fly as high 33,000 feet at the cruising speed of 600 km per hour. “The unique feature of the aircraft is that it can land on any field which is not paved,” Abera told The Reporter. “We give priority to safety,” he added.
Eventually, the company will acquire additional aircraft which would enable it to launch scheduled flights to major regional towns like Axum, Gondar and Dire Dawa.
Air Ethiopia has acquired a license from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. There are 27 licensed private airlines in Ethiopia and three of them are operational. Sura, Abyssinia Flight Services and Trans-National Airways (TNA) are the three private airlines which are currently operating here. However, all of them provide charter services. So far there is no private airline which provides scheduled flight services. The national flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is the only airline that provides domestic flight services.
The airline business in Ethiopia is not yet liberalized. The Ethiopian Civil Aviation law prohibits private airlines from operating aircraft which have more than 20 seats. The business is allowed only for Ethiopians. However, the cargo flight service was liberalized in 2002.
Ethiopian captain establishes domestic airline
But I am concerned with the name-Air Ethiopia. Would it not be a bit confusing with the national airlines name- Ethiopian Airlines?
Air Ethiopia becomes operational IS THE TITLE
“The company will start scheduled flight services to Mekelle and Bahir Dar as of next week” ….IS THE REALITY
so it is not operational
There is no timetable on it website + you cannot make reservstion etc
Will it be flying the “Photoshopped Jets” or the also badly photo shoppepd Beech 1900 aircraft on it website?
“The unique feature of the aircraft is that it can land on any field which is not paved,”
Is it the only aircraft capable of this feat?
…More EGOCENTRIC PR & boasting by the owner.
I say bravo to the Owners, but please put a bit more energy into a more robust Business plan instead of repeatedly inflating your ego, there are 27 other licenced Airlines and Abysynian Flight services is one of the most prolific.
Dont be like the owners of 2 Star hotels with Stolen Western Brand names claiming they are 5 star hotels, because they say they spent 300 Milion birr on their hotel and their hotle has a swiming pool on the roof
Your airline will be judged by: THE PASSENGERS IT CARRIES…… NO MORE NO LESS….. not carefully chosen words in a PR
Another development in Ethiopia. I wish you the best"Air Ethiopia. Yeha
Air Ethiopia is better than Eritrean airline cause though it has one plane like the air eritrea it has a new plane.
GOOD LUCK Mr. Capten ! WE ARE VERY HAPPY AND WE WISH YOU SUCCSSE.
very good news for private bus– but it have to change its name because it is going to be confuseing with our national air lines so must change the name thank you peace
why call it Air Ethiopia? There is already one: Ethiopian Airlines. Why not call it Air EPRDF? I mean, they’ve the flag already
Much respect to those involved in to creat this air line.You are a true hero in ethio history.
Ethiopians every where needs to help thier country by anymeans small or big.
This air line service will give ethiopians additional service.Bravo to the owner..
Wish this privet investor all the luck
this one there is no online reservation hehehe you just wait in a que like for the ambassa buses. they dont have phone either if you are sick and you need ambulance service you send your little bro or causin hehehe
Thats what I am talking about. How we will get out of poverty is tied directly to people who will take the risk and start up these types of ventures. One can not always depend on Coffee exports alone, you know?
I am proud of the way My country is heading. I believe our time is coming soon. Good luck to Air Ethiopia.
Love you mama Ethiopia!
Hammere YOU GOT THE POINT= AIR ETHIOPIA IS NOT A PRIVATE AIRLINES ITS A WEYANE AIRLINES!CODE NAME PRIVATE” HHAHAHAA
“The Ethiopian Civil Aviation law prohibits private airlines from operating aircraft which have more than 20 seats”
I am not saying it is a bad business but airline business is quite venerable. It is life is always depending on fuel price. We could see how XL collapsed last summer here in England cause it couldn’t withstand soaring fuel price, and Ryan air has a record loss this quarter. Wouldn’t be profitable if we had invested this money in agriculture? Ethiopia imported 2 millions quintals of wheat recently in hard currency. Think about it fox!
It is great to see the General aviation market starting to emerge in Ethiopia. We are way way far behind compared to where Kenya is for instance. But it is a start that has to be encouraged.
Safety should be given first priority. There is always a room for cutting corners here and there. Aviation is not like any other business. Safety is the core element of it and the owners should be ready to invest in that. Congratulations to Air Ethiopia.
Who is the owner? Why flying to Mekele????
First of all, I really admired you for getting the best matching name for you.
2ndly, I strongly urge you to spend your time to learn English language rather than spending your valuable time here at Nazret.com and confusing us pointless comment.
We will grow yet. the extrimsts are unhappy.
sorry I have to correct you,
As of October 2008, the Eritrean Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
* 0 Boeing 767-238ER (E3-AAQ)
As of December 2008, a 737 is also shown as being operated by B8.
so, it looks like eritrean ego is no coping with the real world.
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