June 12, 2015
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable aviation group in Africa, is proud to announce the launch of its lunch feeding program in which 150 students from six elementary and junior secondary schools in Addis Ababa, coming from less fortunate families. The program will be actuated constantly from Monday to Friday.
Ethiopian firmly believes that supporting programs that benefit the communities we serve is an essential part of being a good corporate citizen. We continually look to use our expertise in air transportation services to support institutions pursuing worthwhile causes in the markets in which we operate. We are committed to making contributions to initiatives like community welfare arts, sports, environment and education, among others.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines CEO said; “Ethiopian Airlines is proud to launch this meal program to feed 150 students from six different elementary schools located in Addis Ababa by providing them with lunch from Monday to Friday, thereby indirectly supporting their education. As a responsible corporate citizen, Ethiopian believes in the noble virtue of giving back to the community and supporting worthy causes.Ethiopian will continue to be engaged in such charitable events that strive to improve the lives of the less fortunate members of our community.”
Ethiopian’s commitment to corporate social responsibility can be seen in its support for community initiatives, such as the airline’s partnership with the Children’s Heart Fund of Ethiopia, which has been in place for more than 20 years. Ethiopian helps the charity by providing free flights for medical professionals who volunteer to perform free heart surgery in Ethiopia.
In 2012/14, alone, Ethiopian deployed the 2nd and 3rd Boeing 777-200LR to freely transport (23,000 kilograms of anesthesia equipment valued at more than 1,000,000.00 USD which was donated to Black Lion Teaching and Referral Hospital – Ethiopia’s largest public hospital. This was done in partnership with Boeing and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO). As one of about 50 airlines involved in Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, Ethiopian delivery of humanitarian aid was Ethiopian’s 19th flight, more than any other partner in the scheme.
Ethiopian Airlines is finalizing to establish the Ethiopian Airlines Foundation, to further strengthen its Corporate Social Responsibility by improving the welfare of the needy in Ethiopia and other destinations, where Ethiopian Airlines provides service. The Foundation will be a philanthropic foundation established with other stakeholders.
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 85 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300 ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 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.
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