Ethiopian, is Ethiopia’s government owned flag carrier airline. The airline was inaugurated on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8 April 1946, expanding to international flights in 1951. Carrying the slogan The New Spirit of Africa, it is now celebrating its 75th year since it started operation. As of June 2020, Ethiopian served 127 international, 22 domestic passenger destinations, and 58 cargo destinations.
Ethiopian serves more destinations in Africa than any other airline. It is an African giant by being the largest on the continent in terms of passengers carried, fleet size, revenues and destinations served. It is also the world’s 4th largest airline by the number of countries served. Widely considered as one of the best managed state-owned airlines in the world, Ethiopian has expanded its horizon of operations from time to time.
In line with this, the airline is working to promote Ethiopian tourism efforts. To this end, it has designed a new feature termed Ethiopian holiday in which it offers 10 tourist packages each of which giving different memories and experiences of Ethiopia. These tour packages are cultural tours, historical tours, Nature and adventure tours, stopover tours, trekking and hiking tours, festival tours, bird watching tours, leisure tours, coffee tours and biking tours.
In the cultural tour, visitors get to see the beautiful southern culture of the Mursi tribe, known for their lip plates and earlobes, The Hamar, and The Karo tribe who are known for attractive body painting for a period of 5-6 days. This tour also includes the Ethiopian cultural food tour in which tourists get to taste the staple food of Ethiopia Injera, accompanied by stew servings such as shiro, tibs, key wot and others. The historical tour is also another package that lets tourists visit the UNESCO world heritage sites such as the lalibela rock-hewn churches, the Fasiledes palace, Axum and other 8 historical sites.
The prominent national parks of Awash, Bale and Semien along with the sulfur and potash deposit site of Dallol and Erta ale also present fascinating experience for nature lovers. These sites are included in the nature and adventure tours and the trekking and hiking packages with 3-4 days of stay. The stopover tour gives tourists a taste of Addis Ababa and its newly established parks, and other sites in the vicinity of the capital.
For those looking to spend leisure time away from the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa, the leisure tour package is an ideal choice. With weekend getaway and honeymoon sub-packages, it offers tourists both from local and international a memorable experience with friends and loved ones. The biking package and coffee tours also provide an insight into the landscape into the Ethiopian highlands and the coffee culture of the nation respectively.
With its ever increasing level of commitment and a desire to bring the best experience to its audience, Ethiopian is intertwining its operation with other cross cutting fields, tourism being one of them. It is now serving customers with its premium capacity that will long live in their memories as being one of their best experiences and a truly African pride.