Ethiopian Colorfully Celebrates 55 Years of Service to Frankfurt - 31 October, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, colorfully celebrated 55 years of uninterrupted service to Frankfurt, Germany on October 24, 2013.

Ethiopian CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, attended the celebrations in Frankfurt along with Dr. Renate Sterzel, City Councilor of Frankfurt, Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG, Mr. Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance, H.E. Mr. Fesseha Asegedom, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Germany, and Ms. Dennenesh Zewdie, famous Ethiopian actress in Germany. Also present were representatives from the diplomatic community, the African Diaspora and various partners including Lufthansa, travel agencies and tour operators.

During the ceremony, CEO Tewolde made a presentation about the journey of Ethiopian, its long service to Germany and its vision.

"We started our operations to Frankfurt in 1958 with DC-6B aircraft when Ethiopian was just a little over a decade old. Frankfurt is our first European destination and remained on our network uninterrupted for 55 years. Today, it is our main hub for our passenger operations to Europe thanks to our longstanding and mutually beneficial partnership with Lufthansa, and our membership in the Star Alliance. We now have daily flights to Frankfurt with the latest technology aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, which we were the first to introduce to this destination. I would like to express my gratitude to all our partners, especially Fraport, Lufthansa and Star Alliance, for their continued support, and look forward to many more decades of successful partnership thanks to the rise of Africa as the last frontier of globalization and the bright future of air travel between Africa and the rest of the world ," said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Ethiopian currently operates to 46 African and 76 international destinations across five continents.

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 76 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 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.