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You can no longer wear glasses in your US passport photo

የአሜሪካን ፓስፖርት ፎቶ ግራፍ ሲነሱ መነፀር ማድረግ ተከለከለ

noglassWASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is banning passport and visa applicants from wearing eyeglasses in photos taken for the documents.

In a notice published Friday, October 14, 2016, the department said that effective Nov. 1, applicants must remove glasses for passport and visa photographs.

It says the step is being taken to “eliminate glares and shadows” that can cause delays in processing the applications and to ensure consistent photo standards. Only in rare circumstances, if applicants have “documented medical necessity during urgent travel” will glasses be allowed.
Image from the US Passports & International Travel department

Image from the US Passports & International Travel department

In 2015, more than 200,000 poor quality photos were submitted, and caused applications to be put on hold. The U.S. Passport Services notice said glasses were the No. 1 problem.

The department says it expects to process a record number of passports — more than 20 million — in the current budget year that ends next October.

No, you don’t have to get a brand new passport right now, but next time you renew, you’ll have to take your glasses off.


No Glasses Allowed, Starting November 1st

October 1, 2016 image of PPT Carousel No Eyeglasses 325x202px v22.jpgBeginning November 1st, 2016, customers applying for or renewing their passport must remove glasses for their passport photo.

Last year, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos which we couldn’t accept. The #1 problem was glasses. We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn’t clearly identify them from their photo.

If the photo of you in your unexpired passport has glasses, don’t worry about it. You don’t have to get a new passport now. Next time you renew your passport, though, you’ll have to take your glasses off.

This policy change helps us and it helps you. We can see you more clearly now and you will experience fewer passport application delays and can move faster through U.S. ports of entry. Don’t get us wrong, we love your glasses, but take them off for your passport photo.*

For more information on passport photos, check out our photo requirements and photo examples.

*If you must wear eye glasses for medical reasons, you’ll need to obtain and submit a signed statement with your passport application from a medical professional or health practitioner.

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U.S. Department of Transportation bans Galaxy Note 7 from all flights


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones will be banned from all airline flights after nearly 100 incidents of the devices overheating and sometimes injuring owners, the Transportation Department announced Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration previously urged travelers not to turn on the phones, pack them in checked luggage or charge them during a flight. The new ban is effective at noon Saturday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” Foxx said. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.” MORE

Ethiopian Group CEO re-appointed to IATA Board of Governors for three year term

Ethiopian Group CEO re-appointed to IATA Board of Governors for three year term

June 09, 2016: Ethiopian airlines, the leading African carrier, reappointed Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam to the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Board of Governors for a three year-term at the 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Dublin, Ireland.

Moreover, Tewolde has also been appointed to the IATA Strategy and Policy Committee. He has been serving to the Board of governors since 2013.

Tewolde GebreMariam also serves as a member on the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as an executive committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a board member of the Airlink Advisory Council, a member of board of directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA), a member of board of directors of Ethio-Telecom, a board member of Ethiopian Railway Corporation, a board member of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Tourism Organisation (ETO).


የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በምራቡ አሜሪካ ካሉ ከተሞች ያወጣው ታላቅ ቅናሽ በቅርቡ ገበያ ላይ ይውላል።


የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በምራቡ አሜሪካ ካሉ ከተሞች ያወጣው ታላቅ ቅናሽ

በቅርቡ ገበያ ላይ ይውላል። ከኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በደረሰን መረጃ መሰረት በዚህ

ታላቅ ሽያጭ ላይ ተሳታፊ ከተሞች

ሎስ አንጀለስ፣ ሳንድያጎ፣ ላስ ቬጋስ፣ ሳን ፍራንሲስኮ፣ እና ሲያትል ናቸው።


እባክዎ ከመደወልው በፊት ከዚህ በታች ያለውን መረጃ ያንብቡ።
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Ethiopian Airlines two days promotion sale. Starts $970 including tax round trip

ሽያጭEthiopian Fallsale2015_Page_1Ethiopian Airlines two days promotion sale. Starts $970 including tax round trip
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Air China makes maiden flight to Ethiopia’s capital

Air China makes maiden flight to Ethiopia’s capital
ADDIS ABABA — Air China, one of China’s biggest airlines, on Monday made its maiden flight to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, which has become the second destination of the airline in Africa, next to South Africa.

With its launching flight, Air China touched down at the Bole International Airport in the capital of the East African country, which is a seat for headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) among other international and regional organizations.

With this new route, Air China will make thrice a week flights between Beijing and Addis Ababa.

The launching flight of the Airline with Airbus A330 was accorded warm welcome during its landing at Bole Airport by officials and staff members of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise, the Ethiopian Airlines, Air China and also diplomats among others.

The new route of Air China between Beijing and Addis Ababa came few days after the launch of maiden flight between Beijing and Johannesburg in South Africa few days back.

Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, told Xinhua on the occasion that the launch of flights between Beijing and Addis Ababa by Air China would be both cooperation and “friendly” competition between Ethiopian and Air China.

Reiterating that both Air China and Ethiopian are members of the Star Alliance, the CEO said the two airliners would cooperate in the spirit of Star Alliance as Air China flies to 225 domestic destinations in China while Ethiopian does to 50 destinations in Africa.

“It is going to be both cooperation and competition; we call it a friendly competition. So, we are very happy that Air China has chosen Addis as its hub in Africa,” said Tewolde.

“Naturally, Addis is the best gateway to Africa with the Ethiopian Airlines flying to more than 50 destinations in Africa. So, Air China is the Star Alliance member and the Ethiopian Airlines is also a member of Star Alliance, so, within the spirit of Star Alliance we are going to cooperate,” he said.

“Air China flies to 225 destinations in China domestically; and Ethiopian Airlines (flies to) more than 50 destinations in Africa. So, we have a lot of synergy, complementarity; so, we are going to cooperate in that line. But, at the same time we are going to compete. So, it is competition and cooperation,” he added.

WLiu Tiexiang, Senior Vice President of Air China, said at the reception held at Sheraton Hotel that this operation of the flight is a very convenient air bridge between China and Africa.

With the increase of exchanges between the two countries and with the increase of investment by Chinese companies in Africa, more and more Chinese people are coming to Africa, he said.

Ethiopian is voted as the best in Africa & Wins Passenger choice Awards in the USA

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest, fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is

pleased to announce that it has been voted and won the Passenger Choice Awards for

“Best Airline in Africa” for the third time in a row at the APEX 2015 EXPO held on 27

September 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

The Airline Passenger Experience Association is a network of the world’s leading

airlines, suppliers and related companies committed to elevating the level of the

airline passenger experience. APEX encompasses the largest and most comprehensive

survey of passengers in 13 languages. It is the most important award in the airline

industry since it is the customers themselves, who rate airlines based on their overall


thiopian is pleased to offer Promotional 3rd Free Baggage Allowance for travel commencing from IAD and LAX to ADD on ET 501 & 505.

Ethiopian is pleased to offer Promotional 3rd Free Baggage Allowance for travel commencing from IAD and LAX to ADD on ET 501 & 505.

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Ethiopian Won the Best International Airline of the year by Business Executive Excellence Awards

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

The FINANCIAL — Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has won the Best International Airline of the year by Business Executive Excellence Awards in Accra, Ghana.

Ethiopian won the award for its best performance and for its great contribution to Ghana’s economy in general. The award was received by Genet W/Michael, Ethiopian Area Manager in Accra, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

Genet W/Michael, commented, “We are honored to be recognized as Best International Airline of the Year in recognition of the positive contribution our airline has made in Ghana. Ethiopian is consistently providing the best possible connectivity options between Accra and the rest of the World as well as within Africa. “

The Business Excellence Awards celebrates institutions that demonstrate excellence in leadership, performance and success with a significant impact to Ghana’s economic growth.

Ethiopian has been giving uninterrupted services to Ghana for the past 55 years and is currently serving Accra daily using the state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Passengers to and from Accra can enjoy the unique features of the aircraft such as wider leg room, large overhead bins, reduced noise, higher humidity, biggest windows.


Ethiopian retrofits all its Boeing 777 Business class seats with 180° full flatbed making more than 50% of its long haul fleet equipped with flatbed

READ THE PDF PRESS RELEASE press release – 777 seats retrofited

Ethiopian retrofits all its Boeing 777 Business class seats with 180° full

flatbed making more than 50% of its long haul fleet equipped with flatbed

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The largest, most profitable and fastest growing African Airline, Ethiopian, has made its

business class cabin more comfortable by retrofitting all its Boeing 777 fleet with 180°

business class full flat beds. In its strong believe in continuous improvement in customer

services both on ground and in the air; Ethiopian invested over USD four million in the
retrofitting program. The retro-fitting was performed at its own MRO center and with its

own engineers. The successful completion of the retrofitting program demonstrates the in-
house capabilities of Ethiopian MRO Services.

Our Business Class passengers can now enjoy full flat beds to rest during their flights

which cris cross multiple continents like between Beijing, China to Sao Paulo, Brazil with

only one stop and a couple of hours stay in our newly renovated and expanded world

class lounge in Addis Ababa.boeing777

Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines said, “I would like to congratulate

our MRO team for the outstanding performance and for the job well done. On the other

hand we are very pleased to provide our passengers with the best on-board experience

especially on our long-haul routes. Ethiopian Airlines has made the choice of purchasing

the 180°flat business class seats because of the enhanced customer satisfaction they bring.

Our business passengers will be able to sleep and arrive fresh to their destinations fully

rested and ready to take on business after a good night’s sleep.

MD MRO Ethiopian Airlines Group, Zemene Nega, remarked, “We are pleased to

successfully complete the retrofitting project on our B777 fleet with our in-house capability

which is a testament of Ethiopian self-sufficiency in trained aviation professionals. We

have made huge investments to accomplish the retrofitting project which encompasses;

modifying seats to full flat laying positions, rearranging passenger service, rework on IFE

and software change.”

Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet in the continent with an

average age of less than 7 years and currently serves more than 91 international

destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures.

About Ethiopianvisitethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in

the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading

carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network

operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations

across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly

aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200

Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in

Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will

see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian

Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian

Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering

Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline

registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Manager PR & Publications

Ethiopian Airlines

Tel: (251-1) 517-84-07/656/165/913/529

US President held talks with CEO of Ethiopian (press release)

H.E. President Barak H. Obama and Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam held  discussions at Bole International Airport beside the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

The President was very happy to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Ethiopian flag and he thanked Ethiopian Airlines for being a very good longtime customer of Boeing and the USA. He said he has visited the factories in which they are made.He asked for the number of B-787 Dreamliners’ ET operates and Ato Tewolde  replied to the President that Ethiopian has 13 in service and 8 on order.obama_1 (2)


They also discussed on the performance of the B-787 Dreamliners. Our group CEO explained as follows: 

·       Very popular among customers,

·       More humidity in the air which reduces fatigue and dryness,

·       Largest windows in the air,

·       Quietest airplane in its category,

·       Saves 20% fuel burn from other airplanes in its category,

       ·       Most environmental friendly airplane.

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There was also discussions in  honor of Colonel Robinson and in recognition to what he has done for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Ethiopian Airlines has decided to name one of its airplanes after him.


The president was interested to know the most profitable routes in relation to Ethiopian’s vast network. Group CEO briefed him mentioning some examples including Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda  etc..


Ato Tewolde further explained to H.E. President Obama that Ethiopian is flying to 91 international destinations in five continents, (Washington DC and Los Angeles in the USA and Toronto in Canada, 52 destinations in Africa, 24 destinations in the middle East and Asia and 12 destinations in Europe).


Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines has also emphasized  on intensifying further the already on- going efforts to re-open the USA Exim Bank as it is ET’s main guarantor of the loans used to purchase  Boeing Airplanes.


Finally, President Obama congratulated Ethiopian Airlines for successfully running the largest airline in Africa.