Old Aug 11, 2017, 11:04 am
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Ethiopian Long-Haul Aircraft with Flat Bed Seats
(UPDATED 05NOV23)

TOTAL : 59 aircraft - 49 with fully flat beds, 10 with 160-angled flat

At least 50+ aircraft with WiFi. WiFi has now been installed on almost all 787s in addition to the 777/350 fleet.

Boeing 777-200LRs
(Total 6 - with WiFi)

ET-ANN - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ANO - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ANP - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ANQ - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ANR - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-AQL - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite

Boeing 777-300ERs
(Total 4 - with WiFi)

ET-APX - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-APY - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ASK - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite
ET-ASL - Yes - Zodiac Aura Lite

Boeing 787-8s
(Total 19 - most - if not all - now fitted with WiFi)

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ET-AOO - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOP - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOQ - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOR - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOS - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOT - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOU - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-AOV - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-ARE - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-ARF - No - Zodiac Aura Lite (angled)
ET-ASG - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ASH - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ASI - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATG - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATH - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATI - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATJ - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATK - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATL - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel

NOTE : All B787-8 flights are loaded with the flat bed seatmap until between 48-72 hours prior to the flight. Check back within 48 hours when the actual aircraft is allocated and the seatmap may change. If row 11 shows seats ABC-DEF-JKL, then you have the old configuration. If it shows only seats JKL for row 11, then it is the new configuration.

Boeing 787-9s
(Total 10 - all equipped with WiFi)

ET-AUO - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUP - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUQ - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUR - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AXK - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AXL - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AXS - Yes - Collins Aerospace Super Diamond (Reverse Herringbone)
ET-AYC - Yes - Collins Aerospace Super Diamond (Reverse Herringbone)
ET-AYD - Yes - Collins Aerospace Super Diamond (Reverse Herringbone)
ET-AXT - Yes - Collins Aerospace Super Diamond (Reverse Herringbone)

Airbus 350-900s
(Total 20 - all equipped with Wifi)

ET-ATQ - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATR - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-ATY - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUA - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUB - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AUC - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AVB - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AVC - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AVD - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AVE - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AWM - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AWN - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AWO - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AWP - Yes - Collins Aerospace Diamond Parallel
ET-AYA - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)
ET-AYB - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)
ET-AYM - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)
ET-AYN - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)
ET-AZI - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)
ET-AZN - Yes - Safran Optima (New config)








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Old Apr 3, 2019, 7:05 pm
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Anyone with recent experience on the 777-200LR between VIE and ADD? Just booked an award. Based on the above, looks like all 777 will have lie flat seats. Is there any risk of a plan swap spoiling my plans to impress my wife?

[added] AND, any advice on seat choice?

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Old Apr 10, 2019, 10:41 am
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B747-437B,

Do you know if IAH would get angled or lie flat seats in Aug? TIA.

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Old Apr 10, 2019, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by I Fly Delta Jets
B747-437B,

Do you know if IAH would get angled or lie flat seats in Aug? TIA.

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With very rare exceptions, the ET-AT* subfleet (6/9 of the flat bed equipped aircraft) is used only on shorter sectors and not on the transatlantic flights. Only the 3 ET-AS* aircraft are used regularly to North America and also have flat beds. Most of the North America flights are with ET-AO* and ET-AR* aircraft that have the angled seats.
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Old Apr 10, 2019, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B
With very rare exceptions, the ET-AT* subfleet (6/9 of the flat bed equipped aircraft) is used only on shorter sectors and not on the transatlantic flights. Only the 3 ET-AS* aircraft are used regularly to North America and also have flat beds. Most of the North America flights are with ET-AO* and ET-AR* aircraft that have the angled seats.
Thanks for your insight.
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Old Jul 8, 2019, 7:44 pm
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It seems that beginning early-2020 that Ethiopian are replacing the 777 used on the Washington Dulles (IAD) route with a 787. I just booked a flight in June 2020 and, despite it showing up as a 777 on United's website (where I booked with miles) and on Google flights, it is in fact a 787 being used. A 787 is shown on ET's website. I spot checked some dates using Expert Flyer and it seems that around Jan 2020 it's going to be a 787 route.

I sure hope I get a fully flat bed model when I fly. I'm tempted to cancel and switch to an airline and/or route that guarantees a lie-flat. ET is using an A350 for YYZ.

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Old Jul 10, 2019, 4:07 pm
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Chicago ORD - ADD Route?

Does anyone have an update on the newish ORD-ADD route (ET 511)? I have a flight next month and am hoping it's one of the lie flats (although Seat Guru seems to indicate that it will be angle)
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Old Jul 10, 2019, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler56789
Does anyone have an update on the newish ORD-ADD route (ET 511)? I have a flight next month and am hoping it's one of the lie flats (although Seat Guru seems to indicate that it will be angle)
With very rare exceptions, the ET-AT* subfleet (6/9 of the flat bed equipped aircraft) is used only on shorter sectors and not on the transatlantic flights. Only the 3 ET-AS* aircraft are used regularly to North America and also have flat beds. Most of the North America flights are with ET-AO* and ET-AR* aircraft that have the angled seats.
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Old Jul 11, 2019, 7:10 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B
With very rare exceptions, the ET-AT* subfleet (6/9 of the flat bed equipped aircraft) is used only on shorter sectors and not on the transatlantic flights. Only the 3 ET-AS* aircraft are used regularly to North America and also have flat beds. Most of the North America flights are with ET-AO* and ET-AR* aircraft that have the angled seats.
Thank you. So there's a chance that it will be a flat bed, but a low chance
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Old Oct 18, 2019, 9:58 am
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I have a ET flight next week. How far in advance does ET assign a specific plane (tail number) to the flight and where would I get that tail number for an upcoming flight? I checked on planefinder site but it only seems to show tail numbers of past flights. Thanks.
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Old Oct 18, 2019, 7:33 pm
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I am assuming you are flying from BKK because of your name, they don't release the tail numbers until the flight leaves from ADD so you won't know until then. I tracked tail numbers used from September 2018 - September 2019 and the percentage of lie-flat seats for the BKK - ADD Flight was only 17% over that period, but there was no obvious pattern.

You can find flight tail number on flightradar24,com.
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Old Oct 19, 2019, 8:34 am
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Originally Posted by refox3488
I am assuming you are flying from BKK because of your name, they don't release the tail numbers until the flight leaves from ADD so you won't know until then. I tracked tail numbers used from September 2018 - September 2019 and the percentage of lie-flat seats for the BKK - ADD Flight was only 17% over that period, but there was no obvious pattern.

You can find flight tail number on flightradar24,com.
Thanks. Actually, I'm flying out of ORD. And the percentage of lie-flat seats on that flight are probably equally low, as stated up-thread.
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Old Jan 8, 2020, 1:01 pm
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Two weeks ago, I flew on a pair of 788's. ET-AOO was the (much) longer leg. It had angled flatbeds, but a wide-open footwell. ET-ASG had true lie-flat seats, but the footwell was very cramped. It also seemed better maintained, even though it was not operating a marquee route. After having the opportunity to think about the flights, I think I prefer the angle-flat seats simply because I could stretch out without squishing my feet.

On a separate note, I enjoyed the catering ex-ADD. To my relatively unsophisticated palate (2-3 Ethiopian meals per year over the last 30 years), the food was quite good.
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Old Jan 9, 2020, 2:23 am
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I've updated the Wiki now to also show which aircraft are equipped with Wifi (12 of 14 A350-900s at this time).
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Old Jan 12, 2020, 4:29 pm
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Ah, I know we call three economy seats together "hobo business class" , but had to share this photo from an ET domestic night flight. We were in the first row of regular economy and this gentleman created his own sleep pod.

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Old Jan 29, 2020, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by B747-437B
With very rare exceptions, the ET-AT* subfleet (6/9 of the flat bed equipped aircraft) is used only on shorter sectors and not on the transatlantic flights. Only the 3 ET-AS* aircraft are used regularly to North America and also have flat beds. Most of the North America flights are with ET-AO* and ET-AR* aircraft that have the angled seats.
I am scheduled to fly ET513, JFK-ADD, in October 2020. Is there any pattern as to what configuration is used on this route?
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