Ethiopian Airlines flies to Oman with Boeing 737 MAX 8

This is the airline’s 11th city in the Middle East.

Ethiopian Airlines began flying between Addis Ababa and Amman, its 11th city in the Middle East. This is the first time in more than 10 years that the route was served – but not by Ethiopian. Until June 2012, the defunct British carrier bmi operated London-Heathrow-Amman-Addis Ababa and return flights using A321 aircraft.

Third time lucky for Oman

This is not the first time that the Ethiopian plans to serve in Jordan. He scheduled flights in July 2019, but they did not take off. Then they were supposed to start in August 2021, during the period covered by the pandemic, but this did not happen. Finally, at 22:53 on September 19 of this year. Flightradar24 indicates that Ethiopian flight ET428 has departed Africa for Oman.


Operated by 4.2-year-old ET-AVM, a 160-seat two-class aircraft B737 MAX 8, the first flight lasted 3 hours and 19 minutes. Returning, ET429 departed the Jordanian capital at 04:02 and arrived home at 07:17 approximately 3 hours 15 minutes later. As you can see, things didn’t quite go according to schedule:

  • Addis Ababa to Amman: ET428, 22:30-02:05+1 (3 hours 35 minutes of blocked time); Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
  • Amman – Addis Ababa: ET429, 03:05-06:40 (3h 35min); Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

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Given that Oman has relatively little demand for point-to-point connectivity. – few people fly between the two cities – transit traffic will be vital. This applies to most of his routes. This is why Amman is planned as it is: to maximize two-way connectivity to/from over 50 African cities through the large and growing hub of Addis Ababa. The same setting for flights to Europe, North America and Asia.

Here are the main banks of departures (green) and arrivals (blue) of Ethiopia in Africa and the Middle East this week. It is well coordinated to transport passengers and cargo on flights throughout Africa. Image: OAG.

Between 20 September (date of writing) and 29 October (last day of the summer season), Ethiopian Airlines’ network in the Middle East includes the following. It is ordered by the number of flights, and the aircraft are listed in order of frequency of their placement. Pay attention to Doha International. Due to the World Cup, it temporarily serves the old airport instead of Doha Hamad.

The width of the equipment stands out, reflecting the aircraft’s accessibility, increased cargo capacity and the number of seats of the right size according to passenger requirements. This combination should increase overall seat load factors and revenue per available passenger mile, both key measures of route performance.

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