National flag carrier ethiopian airlines transports passengers and cargo between ethiopia and the rest of the world. from its hub in addis ababa, the carrier serves about 50 destinations, mainly in africa but also in the middle east, the asia/pacific region, europe, and the us. ethiopian airlines serves additional markets via code-sharing, in which carriers sell tickets on one another's flights and thus offer potential passengers more options. the company's fleet of about 30 aircraft includes about half a dozen devoted to cargo transportation. ethiopian airlines, which began operations in 1946, is owned by the government of ethiopia.