Ethiopian is first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airline to trial the IATA Travel Pass.

The trial is being conducted on flights out of Addis Ababa to Washington DC and Toronto as well as on flights out of London and Toronto to Addis Ababa.

The IATA Travel Pass helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by passengers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam:

“Digital technology is vital to solve many of the problems that arise from the pandemic. We are glad that we are offering new digital opportunities to our passengers so as to fully and safely restart air travel.

“Our customers will enjoy efficient, contactless and safer travel experience with their travel pass digital passport. As a safety first airline, we have become the first African airline to trail IATA’s travel pass initiative to facilitate travel. The new initiative will increase travelers’ confidence in travel, encourages governments to reopen their borders and expedites industry restart.’’

IATA Travel Pass

IATA Travel Pass is a standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding COVID-19 passenger travel requirements. 

The Travel Pass will help passengers create a digital passport, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their route, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. The digital travel app will also avoid fraudulent documentation and make air travel more convenient

More than twenty airlines are trialling the IATA Travel Pass.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag-carrier of Ethiopia and is wholly Government owned. It is a pan-African global carrier, currently serving with 100 international and 21 domestic destinations with one of the youngest fleets on the continent.

Routes: The airline flies to more than 90 international destinations in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and the Middle East and the USA.

Fleet: Ethiopian current operates a mainly Boeing fleet of over 100 passenger aircraft.

  • 16 Airbus A350
  • 28 Boeing B737 NG
  • 4 Boeing 737 MAX (currently grounded)
  • 6 Boeing 767
  • 10 Boeing B777
  • 27 Boeing B787
  • 28 Bombardier Q400

(fleet numbers from on 01 May 2021)

Passenger numbers: Over 10 million in 2017/18.

Alliance: Star Alliance

N.B. Image credit: Airbus

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