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Ethiopian Hospitality

Enjoy the elaborated in-flight business class services with Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is the national carrier of Ethiopia. Although the country is not one of the major tourist destinations in Africa, it is one of its major hubs connecting Europe and Asia. As an airline targeting connecting passengers across Africa, Ethiopian Airlines has managed to attract a lot of interest because of its competitive rates to reach some of the most remote and least connected destinations.

Ethiopian Airlines flies to 121 international destinations, 57 of which are in Africa and is the only international and reputable airline landing in some airports in Central and Western Africa. It is also part of Star Alliance, making it the preferred choice for many frequent travelers.

On a recent flight to Tanzania, I experienced the Ethiopian Airlines Business Class. With the business class, I was able to access the dedicated Cloud 9 lounge in departures, which was a more relaxing and less crowded alternative to the bustling terminal outside its doors. A priority security and boarding queue was also available and, again, this was a great perk in a busy airport.

My first impressions of the Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner were positive. The business class section is made up of 24 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. The cabin is bright and has good air circulation. It didn’t feel quite crowded when it filled up. The business class seats are shell-like with a wooden divider offering some privacy between the individual seats. The seats are equipped with power supply, a tablet which controls the seat position and entertainment system, a large television screen and small storage cubes.

The food is one of the highlights of the business class services that offer a variety of international dishes infused with homegrown ingredient and taste of Ethiopian cuisine prepared by top chefs. The menu which consists of carefully prepared appetizers, Ethiopian national dishes, creamy yet healthy meals, followed by the fruit and dessert selection is completed with the well renowned Ethiopian coffee, tea, espresso or cappuccino along with a complimentary chocolate. The plates and glasses are placed on the table to create the best dining experience. For the drink service, the business class can choose from a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, fine wines served with Ethiopian Kolo, the crunchy roasted barely or biscuit crackers to keep travelers refreshed.