Ethiopian CEO Elected to IATA Board of Governors - 10 June, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased that its CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, has been elected to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

Ethiopian CEO was elected to this prestigious group of airline CEOs during the 69th IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa from Jun 2-4, 2013.

The Board of Governors is the government of IATA, which represents around 240 airlines. Its members exercise an oversight and executive role on behalf of the membership as a whole and in representing the interests of the Association.

The election of Ethiopian CEO to the IATA Board of Governors is a continuation of the recognition Ethiopian and its more than 7,000 staff, who work hard to make Africa’s premier carrier shine high in the sky.

Ethiopian was also chosen to host the IATA Africa Aviation Day at its hub Addis Ababa on 16 April, 2013. This was the first time for such an event to held in Ethiopia with the Director General and CEO of IATA, Tony Tyler attending along with close to 100 representatives of airlines from across the continent and aviation stakeholders.

About Ethiopian

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 72 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 "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from the Bombardier Aerospace; "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine; "Transformation Award 2012" from Planet Africa Network; "International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality" from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR). Also Captain Desta Zeru, Vice-President of Flight Operations, won "Africa Legend of Travel" award from African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine; and Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, won "African CEO of the year" from the African CEO Forum as well as "African Business Leader of the Year" award from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).

With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.