I lately flew on Ethiopian Airways Boeing 787-9 from Vienna to Addis Ababa. It has been 4 years since my final flight with them. Let’s discovered Ethiopian Airline’s newest onboard product in each Enterprise Class (Cloud 9) and Financial system class.
The flight got here from Brussels, and Vienna was an intermediate cease earlier than flying to Addis Ababa.
Flight attendants wearing Ethiopian conventional gown welcome passengers on the door.
Ethiopian Airways B787-9 has 30 Enterprise Class and 285 Financial system Class seats.
The Ethiopian Enterprise Class on 787 is in a 2-2-2 configuration. So if you happen to’re seated within the window seat it’s important to jump over your seat neighbor to get out. The seat padding is great however the seat felt considerably slim.
Lombard Champagne is served, together with amenity package baggage.
After takeoff, a 3-course dinner is served. The airline does not use tray to serve in Enterprise Class anymore. They’ve tried to upscale the desk setting and choices. Catering is great because it comes from Brussels.
I attempted out Ethiopian wine (Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon) and Ethiopian Habesha beer.
After the primary course, cheese board, dessert, and fruit have been served on a cart.
Financial system Class has 2 decisions between hen and fish, along with salad and white chocolate mousse.
Because the flight is a brief 5 hr 45 minutes, the dinner service was taken greater than 2 hours and felt fairly gradual. I felt asleep after dinner till half-hour earlier than touchdown, I used to be awoken by a wonderful dawn. The crew served an categorical breakfast with croissant and drinks.
Though the service at instances was gradual, I felt my current Ethiopian Airways flight expertise was higher than just a few years in the past. The eating expertise has improved tremendously. The service was additionally attentive. Nevertheless, the Wi-Fi did not work on my flight.
Addis Ababa airport is at 7,625 ft above sea stage. We landed on time on runway 07R. Watch the touchdown in my video.
The Addis Ababa Hub
After touchdown, I toured the passenger terminal and as much as 10,000 passengers within the morning transit at Addis Ababa Bole Airport making it the busiest hub in Africa. The terminal has been expanded with now 21 gates and 9 airbridges.
Ethiopian Airways’ greatest power is its community. Passengers from Europe, North America, Center East and Asia are connecting at Addis earlier than their remaining vacation spot in Africa.
Ethiopian Airways has 3 lounges, one for Premium Enterprise Class passengers, one for Gold frequent flyers and one for Silver frequent flyers. Subsequent week, I’ll share pictures of those lounges.
The B777-300/ERs are often deployed to Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.
Many locations comparable to Kinshasa, Kano, Moroni, and Windhoek are served by the brand new B787 and A350.
The morning departure peak is from 9 am to 11 am after which the airport terminal grew to become very quiet. The identical factor repeats within the night with an arrival peak from 8pm to 10pm and a departure peak between 10pm and 12am.
Transit Resort at Addis Ababa
I additionally toured the newly opened Transit Resort – Ethiopian Skylight Resort at Addis Ababa Bole Int’l. The lodge has rooms obtainable from each the landside and airside.
Subsequent week, I proceed to discover Ethiopian Airline lounges at Addis Ababa and fly on their new A350 to Cape City.