The Story Of Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 757 Fleet

Ethiopian Airlines is no stranger to Boeing narrowbodies. Indeed, aircraft from the US planemaker’s 737 series currently comprise…

The Story Of Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 757 Fleet

Ethiopian Airlines is no stranger to Boeing narrowbodies. Indeed, aircraft from the US planemaker’s 737 series currently comprise its entire single-aisle fleet as far as jet-powered aircraft are concerned. However, the carrier has previously operated another Boeing twinjet, namely the 757. Let’s take a look at Ethiopian’s relationship with the type.

Ethiopian’s first 757s arrived in the early 1990s. Photo: Raimund Stehmann via Wikimedia Commons

Three early ’90s arrivals

According to data from ATDB.aero, Ethiopian Airlines flew 10 passenger-carrying Boeing 757-300s over the years. These twinjets arrived in two distinct waves, with the first taking place in the early 1990s. This saw three brand-new 757-200s join Ethiopian at the start of the decade. The first of these was ET-AKC, which came onboard in November 1992.

Within a year, two more of the twinjets had joined the first example. ET-AKE became part of Ethiopian’s fleet in April 1992, followed by ET-AKF in October that year. Data from ch-aviation.com shows that these aircraft featured a two-class seating configuration. This consisted of 144 economy class seats, and a 16-seat business class cabin.

Of these aircraft, ET-AKC and ET-AKE spent their entire career with Ethiopian, before the airline withdrew them in 2012. The former remains in storage in Addis Ababa, while the latter has been dismantled for spares and left derelict there. ET-AKF was withdrawn in 2012, but served with the Ethiopian Air Force before also entering storage, namely in the US.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 757
Ethiopian’s 757s wore multiple liveries over the years. Photo: Dean Morley via Flickr

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The second wave

The mid-2000s then saw a second influx of 757-200s at Ethiopian. Seven more examples came onboard during this time, of which the first was ET-ALY in December 2005. This ex-Transmeridian Airlines jet served Ethiopian for more than five years, eventually leaving March 2011 for Pegasus Aviation. It remains active today flying cargo for FedEx.

Interestingly, the other December 2005 ex-Transmeridian arrival was also the last 757-200 to leave Ethiopian. Registered as ET-ALZ, it served the carrier for more than a decade before departing in August 2016. It joined Russian operator Royal Flight the following year, and was withdrawn just four months ago in June. It is now in storage in Arkansas.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 757
The 757s that Ethiopian leased from AtlasGlobal wore a hybrid livery. Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt via Wikimedia Commons

Some of Ethiopian’s mid-2000s 757 arrivals were with the carrier for shorter spells. For instance, it leased two examples from AtlasGlobal in 2006. Both of these jets retained their Turkish registrations while at Ethiopian, as well as sporting the hybrid livery seen above. This hinted at a short stay, and, by March 2007, they had both returned to AtlasGlobal.

The final two 757-200s to join Ethiopian did so in June and July 2008. These twinjets came from Indianapolis-based low-cost carrier ATA Airlines, and bore the registrations ET-AMT and ET-AMU. They were also among the last to leave, departing in August and December 2015 to fly cargo for DHL, where they remain active to this day.

Ethiopian Cargo Boeing 757
Ethiopian also flew two cargo-carrying 757-200 freighters. Photo: Bob Adams via Flickr

Two cargo examples

As we have established, several ex-Ethiopian 757s went on to become cargo aircraft. However, the airline itself also flew two dedicated freighter version of the twinjet. The first of these (ET-AJS) joined the airline brand-new in August 1990. Interestingly, this made Ethiopian the first passenger-carrying airline to order and receive the freighter version. This aircraft eventually left the carrier in June 2018, and remains active today at Asia Pacific Airlines.

The second example actually joined Ethiopian in February 1991 as a passenger-configured aircraft. Registered as ET-AJX, it served the carrier for 15 years before its cargo conversion in 2006. It flew cargo for Ethiopian for more than a decade, before being withdrawn in October 2017. Following two canceled acquisitions, it is presently stored in Miami.

Did you know that Ethiopian Airlines used to fly the Boeing 757? Perhaps you even flew on one of these twinjets during their time at the airline? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the…

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the country. Embraer’s visit to Croatia comes just four weeks after Airbus came to Zagreb to pitch the A220 to Croatia Airlines.

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2. Photo: Embraer

Embraer pitches the E2 in Croatia

Embraer visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The purpose of the visit was to showcase the E2 aircraft.

The primary audience for Embraer’s event was Croatia Airlines, the flag carrier of Croatia that is looking to start replacing its entire fleet within the next four years. The airline’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, was at the event in person.

However, the event was also attended by other regional airlines. For example, the startup flag carrier of Montenegro, Air Montenegro, was also there, as was another Croatian airline called Trade Air. Air Montenegro already operates a fleet of only Embraer aircraft.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The demo flight was performed by a brand new E195-E2 provided by Helvetic Airways. Photo: Embraer

On the first day of this two-day event, Embraer held a static display for the technical teams of the airlines in attendance.

On the second day, on Thursday, there was a demo flight for the airline executives and for the media. The demo flight was done by a brand new Helvetic Airways E195-E2.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
Airlines from Croatia and the region were on the demo flight. Photo: Embraer

The E2 is a great fit for Croatia Airlines

The E2’s range and capacity, but also the list price, make this aircraft type a good fit for Croatia Airlines.

The E195-E2, for example, can be configured in a two-class configuration of 120 seats: 12 staggered business class seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 108 economy class seats with a 31-inch seat pitch.

The Airbus A220, in contrast, is larger. Croatia Airlines does not see enough demand on its regional routes to match the capacity of the A220. This is especially true outside of the peak summer months.

Routes like Zagreb-Zadar, Zagreb-Brač, Pula-Zagreb, Split-Lyon, Osijek-Split, Munich-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Zurich, and Rijeka-Munich almost never sell out at the moment, and they are currently operated by Dash 8 aircraft. Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8-400 is much smaller than its Airbus A220 would be.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The capacity that the E2 provides is a suitable fit for Croatia Airlines. Photo: Embraer

With a range of 2,600 miles (4,815 km), the E195-E2 can fly to the entire current route network of Croatia Airlines, but it also allows for new route launches to destinations that Croatia Airlines does not serve because the Airbus A320 family fleet provides too much capacity and the Dash 8 fleet provides insufficient range.

Out of Zagreb, the E195 can get as far as Reykjavík, Kuwait City, Tel Aviv, and Helsinki. It can also reach cities that Croatia Airlines used to fly to, like Lisbon, Moscow, and Madrid, but which were not profitable to serve with the A320 family fleet.

Even the smallest 90-seat Embraer E175-E2 aircraft can operate Croatia Airlines’ existing routes like Zagreb-Dublin and the historical ones like Zagreb-Lisbon and Zagreb-Tel Aviv. With an aircraft like the E2, Croatia Airlines could regain some of the market share that it lost over the last decade.

What do you think of Embraer pitching the E2 to Croatia Airlines? Let us know what you think of this story in the comments below.

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