Ethiopian airlines has added new planes and new destinations and now carries more than 10 million passengers a year [Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP]

Since its establishment in 1945 as a joint venture with now-defunct US carrier Trans World Airlines (TWA), Ethiopian Airlines has gradually grown into one of Africa’s leading carriers.

The state-owned carrier has outpaced regional competitors Kenya Airways and South African Airways to become the continent’s biggest airline by revenue and profit, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Ethiopian Airlines has grown rapidly since launching in 2010 a 15-year expansion strategy to double

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