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London to Johannesburg from £452 @ Ethiopian Airlines
London to Johannesburg from £452 @ Ethiopian Airlines

London to Johannesburg from £452 @ Ethiopian Airlines

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Also known as FAT CHANCE AIRLINES!!!

Voted cold because of poor safety record!

Original Poster

tunaskier

Also known as FAT CHANCE AIRLINES!!!Voted cold because of poor safety … Also known as FAT CHANCE AIRLINES!!!Voted cold because of poor safety record!



It is not as bad as it seems, the average age of the Ethiopian Airlines fleet is 8.2 years (compare this to 10.7 years for United Airlines). I myself did some research on them before posting the deal More over they wouldn't be allowed to land in Heathrow if their safety record would be below standard, Ethiopian Airlines passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) benchmark for global safety management . So I don't really know what you base your opinion on.

These are the last three recorded incidents and accidents:

On 15 September 1988, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 604, a Boeing 737-200 registered ET-AJA, ingested pigeons into both engines shortly after take off from Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. One engine lost thrust almost immediately and the second lost thrust during the emergency return to the airport. During the crash landing, 31 of the 105 passengers were killed.

On 23 November 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, a Boeing 767-200ER registered ET-AIZ, was hijacked by three hijackers. The flight was on its first leg of an Addis Ababa-Nairobi-Brazzaville-Lagos-Abidjan route. The hijackers instructed the pilot to fly to Australia. As the aircraft flew south along the African coast, Air Traffic Controller at Nairobi advised the crew to land at Mombasa. Fuel ran out and one of the plane's engines stopped. They attempted a landing into shallow waters 500 meters from shore near Le Galawa Beach (near Moroni in the Comoros Islands). 123 of the 175 passengers and crew died, including Kenyan photojournalist Mohamed Amin and all of the hijackers. The aircraft was destroyed.

On 25 January 2010, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, a Boeing 737-800 registered ET-ANB, crashed shortly after take off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport en route to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aircraft was carrying 82 passengers and 8 crew members, and all 90 people were reported dead.The airline reported 82 passengers and 8 crew members, and the local government reported 83 passengers, and 7 crew members.

In comparison only from year 2000 Air France had 3 major accidents...

It is the facts that opinions should be made not misconception.
Edited by: "markinldn" 6th Aug 2010

The last time I flew Ethiopian was an internal. There were donkeys on the runway & customs was a tin shed.Oh the memories.

markinldn

[quote=tunaskier]It is not as bad as it seems, the average age of the … [quote=tunaskier]It is not as bad as it seems, the average age of the Ethiopian Airlines fleet is 8.2 years (compare this to 10.7 years for United Airlines). .



You miss the point. It could be a brand new fleet - but not maintained. Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

Original Poster

rhinopaul

The last time I flew Ethiopian was an internal. There were donkeys on the … The last time I flew Ethiopian was an internal. There were donkeys on the runway & customs was a tin shed.Oh the memories.



Well not surprise here I would think twice before boarding one of their domestic flight however their international fleet is one of the youngest in Africa and they have 37 new Boeings on order.

Original Poster

KEG123

You miss the point. It could be a brand new fleet - but not maintained. … You miss the point. It could be a brand new fleet - but not maintained. Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.



I don't think I have missed the point otherwise they would be barred from flying into Europe - and maybe I don't know but you have some information on them not maintaining their planes that you should share with IATA. In fact it is their safety record that landed them a deal of partnership with Scandinavian Airlines who are part of Star Alliance.
Edited by: "markinldn" 6th Aug 2010

Does the fleet still have outside toilets???

bobbyt64

Does the fleet still have outside toilets???



Only when the landing gear is down.

markinldn

I don't think I have missed the point otherwise they would be barred from … I don't think I have missed the point otherwise they would be barred from flying into Europe - and maybe I don't know but you have some information on them not maintaining their planes that you should share with IATA. In fact it is their safety record that landed them a deal of partnership with Scandinavian Airlines who are part of Star Alliance.



Yes you have missed the point. "Partnership" with a Star Alliance member? So? Why are they not in Star?

You can fly KLM to Joburg for £475 from local airports on their 777-200. Wonderful plane with decent inflight service. And maintained.

Oh, and with decent pilots.

Sorry, but this is massively cold.
Edited by: "KEG123" 6th Aug 2010

Original Poster

Well, just checked and it is more like £575 with KLM but for £475 there is no doubt I would fly with them.

Do you get food on the flight?
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