MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 871 posts, RR: 10 Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11761 times:
Sweet, another order for the 787. It's been picking up some needed sales momentum lately. Ethiopian has been a loyal customer for Boeing since their first 720Bs, and is one of Africa's most successful airlines, so it's a good sale.
SQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11759 times:
To those that slight Ethiopian as an airline indicative of it's third world status...you are sadly mistaken! Ethiopian does not need any foreign aid for it's airline, (my understanding is US and UN foreign aid cannot go to airlines).
Ethiopian makes a good profit from their operations based on the following
1) Little or no competition in their markets.
2) Reasonably low operating+labor costs.
3) High Yield fares and they make a ton of money in excess bagage charges from virtually every passenger, (I have seen all the cash at the end of the night).
Furthermore Ethiopian has excellent maintenance support for their and other operations, (they are an FAA approved repair station)