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vagabond
08-31-2013, 09:30 AM
From Associated Press:

Ethiopian Airlines has made a record profit, the company's chief executive officer said this week

Tewolde Gebremariam partly credited the profitability of Ethiopian Airlines to Boeing's problematic 787 planes.

He said the company's operating profit between July 2012 and June 2013 is 2.7 billion birr ($143,137,098) from a billion birr ($53,013,740) the previous financial year.

Citing unaudited company accounts Tewolde said that the company's net profits also surged during the period to 2.03 billion birr ($107,617,892) from 734 million birr ($39,230,167) of the previous year, a 178 percent increase.

Tewolde said the performance is a result of "exceptionally dedicated employees" and the Boeing 787 planes he described as super-efficient. He said the planes helped the company save on fuel costs.

In January, Dreamliner's around the world were grounded because of overheating lithium batteries. Ethiopian Airlines was the first to get the plane back in the air, on April 27. In early July one of the company's 787 planes was damaged by a fire while parked at London Heathrow airport.

The plane had been parked for about 10 hours when a worker in the control tower saw smoke coming out, and activated a crash alarm.

British air safety officials have subsequently recommended that emergency transmitters on Boeing 787s should be disabled after finding that one of the squat orange boxes was the only thing with enough power to start a fire in the scorched tail section of the 787.

Tewolde said Ethiopian Air would have been even more profitable, if it had not been for incidents involving the 787 planes.

"Definitely the incidents and grounding have some impact. We were very fortunate that coincidentally the grounding of the planes were in what we call slack season . it's a slow demand season. So were able to minimize the level of the impact," said Tewolde.

He insisted the Dreamliner's are "the future of the aviation" and his company is sticking with plans to buy five more of the planes and lease three others.

"Whenever we introduce the aircraft in any route, the load factor immediately increases, which means our customers love the plane, they are enjoying its features," Tewolde said.

He said the incidents with the Dreamliner are part of a natural teething period "which is not unusual for a technologically game- changing aircraft such as the Dreamliner."

Ethiopian Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet with some 1,330 weekly flights. The airline flies to 76 international and 17 domestic destinations.


captjns
08-31-2013, 10:10 AM
It appears the poster of this thread condones operating a live flight on per Diem pay.

vagabond
08-31-2013, 10:31 AM
The poster of this thread is merely reposting an article from the Associated Press. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you saw more than that, then perhaps you also think that 2 + 2 = 5.

Go easy on the cognac and breadsticks. :)


captjns
08-31-2013, 01:56 PM
The poster of this thread is merely reposting an article from the Associated Press. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you saw more than that, then perhaps you also think that 2 + 2 = 5.

Go easy on the cognac and breadsticks. :)

Thank you for your advise, however, I'm quite aware of my intake of the VSOP and bread stick;). Wait! its time for another round.:D

Myself, along with those who are members of the expat community are aware of the games Ethiopian Airlines play.

Joiners of Ethiopian are paid a daily per Diem rather than a salary be it full or reduced whilst in training. A pilot is not considered complete with training until the last Route Check. For the baby Boeings are drawn out for an extended period of time. This lowers the bar for everyone. Retired pilots considering such terms should walk away from the table and look elsewhere as it is another example as how low the industry has sunk.

Individuals considering employment with Ethiopian should understand the ramifications to prospective expat pilots. It's no better than an entry level pilot subscribing to the pay 2 fly schemes.

LNL76
08-31-2013, 08:06 PM
They get paid crap AND have to wear those hideous green uniforms?! :eek:

Airhoss
10-08-2013, 06:00 AM
Thank you for your advise, however, I'm quite aware of my intake of the VSOP and bread stick;). Wait! its time for another round.:D

Myself, along with those who are members of the expat community are aware of the games Ethiopian Airlines play.

Joiners of Ethiopian are paid a daily per Diem rather than a salary be it full or reduced whilst in training. A pilot is not considered complete with training until the last Route Check. For the baby Boeings are drawn out for an extended period of time. This lowers the bar for everyone. Retired pilots considering such terms should walk away from the table and look elsewhere as it is another example as how low the industry has sunk.

Individuals considering employment with Ethiopian should understand the ramifications to prospective expat pilots. It's no better than an entry level pilot subscribing to the pay 2 fly schemes.

And of course if you would have simply posted this instead of your snide first post you'd have made your point with no implied guilt to the OP who obviously and innocently was simply posting a press release from the airline.

But we do appreciate the heads up for future reference about Ethiopian however.

captjns
10-08-2013, 05:34 PM
And of course if you would have simply posted this instead of your snide first post you'd have made your point with no implied guilt to the OP who obviously and innocently was simply posting a press release from the airline.

But we do appreciate the heads up for future reference about Ethiopian however.

38 years as a crew dog with 22 years as an expat, I say it the way it is no matter who may feel offended by my tone. I don't bother to mince my words to placate those who chose to be clueless or who enjoy wearing rose colored glasses nor those who have an undying thirst for the Kool Aide.

Airhoss
10-08-2013, 05:56 PM
38 years as a crew dog with 22 years as an expat, I say it the way it is no matter who may feel offended by my tone. I don't bother to mince my words to placate those who chose to be clueless or who enjoy wearing rose colored glasses nor those who have an undying thirst for the Kool Aide.

All that hot air and you still don't get it. You could have just as easily made your point without being snide to the OP.

captjns
10-09-2013, 10:58 AM
All that hot air and you still don't get it. You could have just as easily made your point without being snide to the OP.

Freedom of expression and opinion as long as it does not prove offensive... How's that work for you chief?

Airhoss
10-09-2013, 07:46 PM
Freedom of expression and opinion as long as it does not prove offensive... How's that work for you chief?

What ever floats your boat pal. Bet you're a gem to fly with.

captjns
10-10-2013, 04:49 AM
Bet you're a gem to fly with.

Enough of the cliches already. Give it a rest Airhoss.