Moderators: richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:36 pm

Hello fellow aviation enthusiasts!

In the middle of January I had the pleasure of flying aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner of Ethiopian Airlines. Flight ET706 would bring me from Addis Ababa to Frankfurt with a flight time of 6 hours and 55 minutes. Departure time from ADD would be 11:20 AM local time with arrival in FRA around 4 PM.

I will not post too many pictures from this flight, but if you are interested in lots of footage, then check out this video from the flight, which includes the safety demonstration, takeoff, landing and lots of inflight photos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KgOuv6bNzg


Having made seat reservations months in advance, it turned out that ET does not always follow these reservations. Since I did not get the initial seat I had reserved on the flight to Ethiopia, I made sure that I checked in online the day before departure from Ethiopia. I am glad I did this, as the initial seat, 29A, was already occupied. The only remaining window seat in the entire cabin would be seat 33L. This made me a bit nervous, since I knew one of the seat rows in the back of the plane did not have a window. Fortunately for me, those seats turned out to be in row 35.

On the day of departure everything from entering the airport, to check-in and passport control went smoothly. Bole Airport serves as the main port of entry to the country of Ethiopia and is the hub of the national airline which is wholly-owned by the Ethiopian government. The airport has two terminals, one international and one domestic. The international terminal is easy to navigate and during the morning rush hours there are plenty of flights to all over Africa, so at times it felt a bit congested. This became especially apparent at the security check-point. To put it mildly, there was seemingly no system, and there was only one scanner for 4 gates, with passengers to both Frankfurt, Ndjamena and Nairobi departing around the same time. Boarding started and we would be transported by bus to ET-AOS sparkling her beauty on a remote stand.

Boarding this beauty who would be taking me back to Europe




As I was one of the first passengers on-board I got to enjoy some apron views of ADD. I noticed that there were some discussions between fellow passengers and the crew, because people who traveled together had been split up and would not be seated together on this seven hour flight. It seemed like the effect of ET not caring for seat reservations and the likes, but luckily for me I was well seated in 33L.


Takeoff was rather turbulent and the climbing was slow. ADD is after all 2334 meters above sea-level, which probably contributed to the slow climb. There was barely a single cloud until we reached the Mediterranean Sea and that offered some spectacular views of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, and for hours the only thing you could see was the Sahara Desert. For a long time we followed the Blue Nile, and before I knew it I could see the Nile River itself. We followed the Nile until we reached Lake Nasser in Egypt.


Right before we reached Lake Nasser the cabin crew came through the cabin with the hot meals. There was a choice between chicken and fish. I opted for the chicken, which was spicy, but delicious. Actually, it was one of the best meals I have had on any long-haul flight in economy. Prior to this we were served a small snack of biscuits shaped as airplanes, which was a cool feature, as well as drinks. The second service was a muffin and drinks and that was served somewhere over the Adriatic Sea.


My entertainment, alongside the spectacular scenery, was the inflight maps. The IFE included lots of movies and music from all around the world, as well as several games and infomercials. No shortages in entertainment on this bird.


State-of-the-Art window shades   


Athens, alongside the Greek islands of Crete and Milos came into view across an otherwise cloudy European sky.


Landing in Frankfurt was just like any other arrival in Frankfurt, which from an aviation enthusiast's point of view is not a bad one. 


Even though the Dreamliner has its share of problems, it is truly a great experience to fly with. Ethiopian Airlines also offers great service, with friendly crew and on-time departures and arrivals. If you have the chance to fly with The New Spirit of Africa, I recommend you to do it. Not only that, but Ethiopia itself is a beautiful and peaceful country. I really recommend everyone to travel there, because it will be an adventure of a life-time.


Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed it.
ILoveFigures
 
omidp
Posts: 207
Joined: Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:39 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:04 am

Great pix. Thanks for sharing, the food looks yummy too  
 
Tolmachevo
Posts: 62
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:49 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:08 pm

Thanks, I was just taking a look through the trip reports this evening as I am off to Ethiopia on the same route in March. Looking forward to my first 788 experience.
 
User avatar
AirAfreak
Posts: 1010
Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:20 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:12 am

Hi there!

Glad to see you had a nice experience with Ethiopian and its' Dreamliner!

Also, I really loved the close-up shots from the ground. Those are really the best photos!

So, after your nearly 7 hours flight, did you notice any difference with your personal well-being compared to flying let say, a 747 or 737?

Bon Voyage,

AirAfreak  
Korean Air | Excellence in Flight.
 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:11 pm

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 3):

When I think about it, I did feel more relaxed than I usually do when traveling long-haul. It is a very comfy plane to travel on, and it does feel very spacious. The leg-room on ET's Dreamliners is also very good, although there are foot-rests.
 
Cipango
Posts: 1498
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:55 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:46 pm

Quoting ILoveFigures (Thread starter):
I will not post too many pictures from this flight,

Clearly you don't know your audience! 

Great report though! Im very eager to try ET!
Let's fly! Unless it's on a CRJ 200, then I'll stay down here.
 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:42 pm

Quoting cipango (Reply 5):

LOL! That's why I posted the video link. You can see all the cool stuff from the flight there.   

I recommend flying ET if you ever have the chance. Cool airline!
 
ab486
Posts: 179
Joined: Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:26 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:56 pm

Thank you for sharing this great report!

ET look really good here. Will definitely consider flying them when I plan to visit Africa.

Thanks again!

Adam
 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:36 am

Quoting ab486 (Reply 7):

They are a very nice airline indeed! =)
 
signol
Posts: 2652
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:18 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:52 am

Hi Ilovefigures,
Excellent report. Though I will echo the comment that there is no need to cut down the number of photos!
I flew ET's 787 myself in March and April, and am currently compiling my report - it was interesting to see your perspective on a similar flight (mine were to and from Paris).
Thanks again
signol
Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
 
ElanusNotatus
Posts: 720
Joined: Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:48 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:24 pm

Hi Ilovefigures,

Great trip report. Some nice shots during boarding, with clear colours.

The meal offered during you flight looks quite substantial and its good to learn that it was tasty.

Thanks for sharing. EN
Crawl, walk, fly into the future
 
lychemsa
Posts: 1864
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:39 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:38 pm

A lot of people complain about the seats?

Did you find them uncomfortable?

Did you require vaccinations for Ethiopia?

Nice video. What camera do you use?

How was the weather in Ethiopia?

Thanks.

[Edited 2015-06-24 07:42:27]
 
rta
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:01 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:48 am

Thanks for sharing your report   ET's 787 looks fantastic, and they seem like a fantastic airline as well. The food also looked really well presented for airline food. I look forward to flying on ET at some point.  

-rta
 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:03 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 11):

The seats were comfortable and the interior of the plane is quite modern. I use Canon EOS 1100D. The weather was nice. Lots of sun, but not too hot because of the high elevation of Addis Ababa. I had to get vaccination for yellow fever, polio, hepatitis A and B. If I recall you should also get malaria pills if traveling in the southern parts of the country.

Quoting rta (Reply 12):

They are a very nice airline. They are my preferred airline when traveling to Africa.  
 
User avatar
aerorobnz
Posts: 8357
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2001 3:43 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:34 am

I did 4 sectors on their 787 last year in Y & J, and have another 2 sectors next week. ET 787s are tastefully done, and their bulkhead seats have loads of space. I like to fly them when I get the chance. 787s are tighter than anything else longhaul but on ET seems more bareable not least because unlike NZ/LA the seat base wasn't as hard as a concrete park bench.

Quoting ILoveFigures (Reply 13):
I had to get vaccination for yellow fever, polio, hepatitis A and B

I'm sure the stipulation is only if flying from somewhere in the yellow fever zone. In my experience of crossing borders in Africa nobody asks until someone presents/makes visible their yellow vaccination book, then everyone after that will be checked until they get bored again. Several places I should have been asked I wasn't, and at other points where they needn't ask me they did.
Flown to 147 Airports in 62 Countries on 83 Operators and counting. Wanderlust is like Syphilis, once you have the itch it's too late for treatment.
 
User avatar
777Jet
Posts: 6987
Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:29 am

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:35 am

Great trip report!

I always enjoy the experience of boarding the plane from the tarmac using stairs - unless it raining of course!

I bet being on the tarmac so close to those massive GE engines was just great!
DC10-10/30,MD82/88/90, 717,727,732/3/4/5/7/8/9ER,742/4,752/3,763/ER,772/E/L/3/W,788/9, 306,320,321,332/3,346,359,388
 
User avatar
ILoveFigures
Topic Author
Posts: 145
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20 pm

RE: The Ethiopian Dreamliner Experience

Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:02 am

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 14):

I also liked their cabin. It didn't feel cramped at all to me. I have some flights coming up with ET myself. I can't wait to get onboard. 

I know, but it was highly recommended to take the vaccine at the vaccination clinic before traveling. Immigration didn't bother to check the yellow card though.

Quoting 777Jet (Reply 15):

Walking so closet those GE engines was such a delight. Stands with stairs are the best!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos