ET Lucies to control the skies on November 19, 2015
The daughters of Lucy will control the skies on November 19, 2015, flying an all women operated flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok. This historic flight is aimed at crystalizing Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth” on the eve of our 70th year Anniversary.
Lucy, the world’s oldest hominid fossils, has come to verify that Ethiopia is not only a country of diverse cultures and ancient civilization, but also a country where humanity began, a country that holds the key of understanding human ancestry.
Today, ET Lucies of the sky will operate the flight fully on ground and in the sky from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations; Flight Dispatcher; Load Controller; Ramp Operations; Baggage Handling; Flight Planning; Cargo Handling; On-board logistics; Aviation Safety and Security; Ticket Offices; Catering; Air Traffic Controllers and Global Call Center. Ethiopian senior female executives will grace the event onboard the flight.
Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “It is a great honor for us to have competent Women Aviation Professionals at Ethiopian in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as gender responsive organization that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions both as a national pride for Ethiopia and a vital treasure for the world at large. It is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.
Above all, this is an ample opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for Aviation professionals. Our world has more 3.6 billion female population and equal engagement and equal treatment in all aspects of life will mean significant increase in global Economic growth Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and hereby fully dedicated to ensure the increase number of women in decision making positions on top of key operational areas by consistently grooming and mentoring successor female employees for top managerial, technical and operational positions. Gender Equality will be an important issue in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and we are already on board to push this noble cause.”
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 91 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
For more information about this press release, please contact:
Hanna Atnafu (Mrs.)
Manager Corporate Communications
Tel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/529
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer