Views on Ethiopian Airways
Posted 27 December 2016 - 07:44 PM
Any views on traveling with Ethiopian would be most welcome.
Posted 27 December 2016 - 08:21 PM
Also the BA sales seem to be happening every other month, so depending on when you are looking at, you could hold out, as they seem to do different destinations at different times.
Also have you considered emirates? They fly directly from Manchester to Dubai and on to Africa...
Posted 27 December 2016 - 08:39 PM
I mostly use Ethiopian when I travel to Africa. Addis is not a very pleasant airport (extremely crowded when busy) but other than that flights have always been fine - and on time.
Posted 27 December 2016 - 09:35 PM
@michael-ibk Thanks, it's good to hear you are happy enough with them. I don't mind a crowded airport, it's mostly the seat and leg room I value on a flight!
Posted 27 December 2016 - 09:43 PM
Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:40 PM
@ld1 I've flown on Ethiopian a few times though not in business, most recently going to and from Chad, you're not exactly spoilt for choice when booking flights to N'Djamena but having flown on ET before albeit some years ago I was quite happy to fly with them. Other than that Bole International Airport isn't that great as mentioned I would be very happy to fly ET again I think they're a very good airline, if you're flying business then you can spend any waiting time at Bole in the lounge. The cost of flying business on BA is I think pretty ridiculous compared to other airlines, if flying BA I would opt for premium economy although as BA seems to be trying to transform itself into a no frills airline I would choose just about anyone else to fly with instead. I certainly wouldn't ever want to fly economy on BA they recently dropped the second meal for economy passengers on flights under eight and a half hours providing a funsized chocolate bar instead, and have recently confirmed that they will no longer offer free food on short haul flights at all, instead you will have to buy an M&S sandwhich for £4.75.
If Ethiopian looks like the best choice then I would say go for it.
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Posted 28 December 2016 - 02:10 AM
I flew them to Addis Ababa for work in mid-September. It was a good flight ..... I would definitely use them more often if the connections to East/Southern Africa work out for me!
The airport reminds me of the Mumbai airport in the 80s ....... Chaotic!!!!
Botswana in my blood .......
Posted 28 December 2016 - 06:00 AM
@Id1 Try to get a Dreamliner if you can (they have a number). Never flown with Ethiopian, but unless they have done something inexplicably weird, business class in a Dreamliner is going to be very good and they will still be pretty new planes so should be a more comfortable ride than you'd get on most European airlines.
Kenya Airways no good for you? They're considerably cheaper to Zimbabwe from Bangkok than Ethiopian are at the moment - not sure if the same from the UK.
Waiting again... for the next time again
Posted 28 December 2016 - 10:11 AM
@pault for some reason Kenya airways website keeps chucking me out. I don't think it likes my routing starting in Manchester to Vic Falls. Although when I try just to NBO then the fare is still £1500 so I doubt there is much in it price wise.
@madaboutcheetah thanks, always good to hear other travellers are happy with an airline.
I think I am going to go with Ethiopian on a LHR-ADD-VFA outward and then HRE-ADD-FRA-MAN return. When I try and leave from MAN I get stung for either a costly connection to LHR or an almost 7hr layover at ADD on the way home. Now to convince MrR! What a palaver....
Posted 28 December 2016 - 10:21 AM
@ld1 I don't know when you last checked and I never knew about the old redemptions using BA miles, but since I have been doing it, I have had no issues. If you are able to book 355 days out, there is always a pair of CW seats available on every flight. For our Jan trip, I was only able to upgrade at booking the return flight, but a few months later, loads of availability opened up for the outbound (e.g. more than 9 CW seats). I would suggest that you have another look, especially if you have lots of unused miles....
Posted 28 December 2016 - 11:45 AM
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Posted 28 December 2016 - 03:15 PM
It's good to hear that those who have flown Ethiopian have been happy with them (if not quite so enamoured with Addis airport!) as we're flying with them to Malawi in June - it's currently scheduled to operate using their shiny new Airbus A350 XWB (LHR - ADD)
Photographs from our Africa trips in my PicasaWeb albums
Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:21 PM
Catch a low-fare over to Oslo and fly Ethiopian from here :-) They start up the new ADD route soon and have good introduction prices :-)
Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:41 PM
@id1 Qatar have a 2:1 deal in business class which ends very soon. I can see FRA-JNB for about €4000 for 2 pax (but probably not enough of a deal given you still need to get from Man to FRa and then from JNB to VFE/HRE).
Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:56 PM
Edited by ld1, 10 February 2017 - 10:57 PM.
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Posted 12 February 2017 - 09:34 PM
My love hate relationship with BA continues!
Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:19 AM
@Id1 Congratularions. If you are travelling with checked luggage you will need to make sure BA don't check it through to AMS on your way home. If you are still in the window to make a free change to the flights (24 hours for online bookings I think) then altering your last leg from LGW to AMS means you have to collect bags at LHR and the traffic on the M25 may be so bad you miss the flight to AMS
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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:18 AM