Manchester to Addis Ababa Ethiopian Airines rises.

Ethiopian Airlines Takes off for the first time in its seventy year history from Manchester Airport on Tuesday Morning. I will be on the Dreamliner. 

My father was a pilot for Ethiopian Airlines in the golden Age of Airlines -   The late 60’s and early 70’s.  Here he is on 24th Anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines on the left of Captain Holloway. 

My father  co-piloted for  The Emperor Haile Selassie for which he received the gift of a ring:  The Lion of Judah set in Onyx.  It is the same ring Bob Marley wore on his finger as a gift from Prince Asfa Wossen.

Ethiopian Airlines is in the blood of my father's family.  His brother  Yohannes  was the head of technical services at Ethiopian Airlines  in the late sixties and early seventies This is my father with The Emperor's Lion at the top of  Ethiopian Airline airstairs. 

The  Cabinet of Ethiopian government is fifty percent women. Ethiopia has a female president.  These are progressive times of ambition, times of hope led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopian Airlines has always symbolised  the national identity. 

:On  a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand in 2015 Captain Amsale Gualu (photo above)  was assisted by  co-pilot, Selam Tesfaye. The flight was the first in the 70-year history of the airline  with an all female crew. And  not just the pilots: It included maintenance crew members and air traffic controllers.  My friends Helen Pankhurst and Alula Pankhurst will be proud.

Discounted fares include returns from Manchester to Kilimanjaro from £405, Uganda from £420, Seychelles from £458, Johannesburg from £435, Nairobi from £445 and Cape Town from £452, all connecting via the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The promotion is running until December 15, 2018 and applies to flights between December 28, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

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