National Airways Ethiopia

National Airways Ethiopia, formerly known as Air Ethiopia, is a private airline based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was established in 2007 and has been operating charter services since 2009.[1][2]

National Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedNovember 2007
HubsAddis Ababa Bole International Airport
Fleet size11
HeadquartersAddis Ababa, Ethiopia



National Airways was founded as Air Ethiopia in November 2007 by Abera Lemi and rebranded Addis Airlines in 2009.[3] He had previously worked for the Ethiopian flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. In 2010 the airline was renamed to the current name.[4]

In November 2017 the airline purchased three Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft from NovoAir, an airline from Bangladesh, with the financial backing of Airstream International Group (AIG).[5]

In September 2019, the airline announced it had been permitted to start operating domestic (scheduled) services by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), although the ECAA clarified that the approval was "in principle," and that they were "still working on the details".[1]

As of May 2021, the company had not launched scheduled service.[6]



As of September 2019, National Airways Ethiopia operated the following aircraft:[2]

National Airways Ethiopia Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Fokker 50 1 NA [7]
Beechcraft 1900D 1 NA [5]
Embraer ERJ 145 4 NA [7][5][1]
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 4 NA Bought from Novoair[7][5][1]
National Airways Ethiopia Cargo fleet
Boeing 737F 1 Cargo Part of a cooperation agreement with NAS Cargo and Logistics
Total 11 0


  1. ^ a b c d Bekele, Kaleyesus (August 4, 2018). "National Airways acquires five aircraft". The Reporter Ethiopia.
  2. ^ a b "Home - National Airways". Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  3. ^ "Addis Airlines". Airline History. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  4. ^ "National Airways". Airline History. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ethiopia's National Airways adds maiden ERJ-145s". ch-aviation. November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "New aviation policy may open up Ethiopia". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  7. ^ a b c "Global Airline Guide 2018 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2018): 14.

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