Ethiopian Airlines Management and Staff Visit the Grand Renaissance Dam - 16 May, 2014

Africa's Biggest Infrastructure Project

The fastest growing and most Profitable African Airline, Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that its executive management and employees will visit the Grand Renaissance Dam from May 15-18, 2014.

The visit organized under the theme "we will complete what we have began" is planned with view to create awareness about this critical national and continental project and to show Ethiopian management and employees unwavering commitment to support the project, financially and in any other way, until its full completion.

"The Grand Renaissance Dam is the biggest infrastructure project in Africa. It is a special pride for not just Ethiopians but for the entire Africans. It is a testament to the will of the Ethiopian people to eradicate poverty through hard work and perseverance. It also clearly shows to those who had any doubts that the 21st century will be an Ethiopian and African century. As Ethiopian Airlines and personally as a citizen, it is a special privilege and honor to visit this historical and transformative project. It is our duty to continue to support both collectively and individually this critical project for the development of our country and the region until its full completion. We at Ethiopian Airlines pledge to continue to provide all our support to this project until it is fully completed.", said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines Group.

The Grand Renaissance Dam, when completed, will help the country in attaining 10,000 mega watts electricity generation capacity as per the country's 5 year Growth and Transformation Plan. This will support the country's and the region's robust economic growth by serving as a critically essential energy source.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, 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 80 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 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. 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.