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Ethiopian Airlines a leader in Africa.

Addis Ababa--This is a banner year for Ethiopian Airlines. The introduction of Boeing 767 equipment and the opening of two new routes are the main events on the international scene. Domestically the big news is the replacement of Douglas DC-3s with five de Havilland of Canada Twin Otters and the leasing of Dash 7s.

Since starting flight operations in 1946 Ethiopian has been one of Africa's pacesetting carriers, enjoying the full support of the government. It was when Emperor Haile Selassie was in power that Ethiopia asked TWA to create and manage the national airline. Following the ousting of Haile Selassie in 1974 the new left-wing military government made many changes in the country but left the structure and management of Ethiopian Airlines virtually intact. Governmental interference in the running of Ethiopian Airlines is minimal and foreign currency is made available to enable the carrier to carry out its odernization programs.

With the delivery of two Boeing 767-200ERs this spring Ethiopian becomes the first African airline to operate the Boeing twin-engine widebody aircraft. …

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