Ethiopian Airlines Takes off for the first time in its seventy year history from Manchester Airport on Tuesday Morning. I will be on the Dreamliner.
My father was a pilot for Ethiopian Airlines in the golden Age of Airlines – The late 60’s and early 70’s. Here he is on 24th Anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines on the left of Captain Holloway.
My father co-piloted for The Emperor Haile Selassie for which he received the gift of a ring: The Lion of Judah set in Onyx. It is the same ring Bob Marley wore on his finger as a gift from Prince Asfa Wossen.
Ethiopian Airlines is in the blood of my father’s family. His brother Yohannes was the head of technical services at Ethiopian Airlines in the late sixties and early seventies This is my father with The Emperor’s Lion at the top of Ethiopian Airline airstairs.
The Cabinet of Ethiopian government is fifty percent women. Ethiopia has a female president. These are progressive times of ambition, times of hope led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopian Airlines has always symbolised the national identity.
:On a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand in 2015 Captain Amsale Gualu (photo above) was assisted by co-pilot, Selam Tesfaye. The flight was the first in the 70-year history of the airline with an all female crew. And not just the pilots: It included maintenance crew members and air traffic controllers. My friends Helen Pankhurst and Alula Pankhurst will be proud.
Discounted fares include returns from Manchester to Kilimanjaro from £405, Uganda from £420, Seychelles from £458, Johannesburg from £435, Nairobi from £445 and Cape Town from £452, all connecting via the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The promotion is running until December 15, 2018 and applies to flights between December 28, 2018 and June 30, 2019.