The rise of Ethiopian Airlines

The rise of Ethiopian Airlines has been a remarkable achievement. In this exclusive extract from a new book, ‘Ethiopian Airlines The African Aviation Powerhouse’ by Jozef Mols, we examine two chapters in the flag carrier’s fascinating history

The early 1960s saw the introduction of jet services with many airlines. Ethiopian Air Lines obviously wanted to add such aircraft to its own fleet as well. A choice had to be made between the SE-210 Caravelle, the Comet 4 and the Boeing 720B. The hot and high conditions at some airports made the Caravelle inappropriate, whereas the Comet was considered obsolete.

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