Ethiopian Airlines and the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase tourist flow to Tanzania via Ethiopian Airlines. The agreement between Ethiopian and TTB is meant to increase and greatly enhance the tourism flow to both Tanzania and Ethiopia. The agreement entails Ethiopian support to Tanzanian tour operators by giving their clients priority seating, and joint promotion of Ethiopian and Tanzanian tourism destinations in international markets in North America, Europe and Asia. "Tanzania is one of the oldest African destinations of Ethiopian.
We started flights to Dar-es-Salaam in 1966 and we were the first airline to operate to Kilimanjaro. It also became our first choice in the dream tour flights of our first 787 Dreamliner. We are excited by this partnership that will see Ethiopian and the TTB work together to increase traffic to the biggest tourism attractions in East Africa," said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam. Currently, Ethiopian has 42 weekly flights from Addis Ababa to Dar-es-Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, with connecting services to cities throughout Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, including Frankfurt, Paris, London, Rome, Milan, Washington, Dubai, Johannesburg, Muscat and Stockholm.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 70 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience.
The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries. Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products.
Recently, Ethiopian won gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award" for its excellence in air cargo.
Ethiopian also won the 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine. With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer