Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, was recognized by Planet Africa Network with the Transformation Award 2012 at a ceremony held in Toronto on 17 July 2012, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Bal Gosal, Minister of State for Sports of Canada, Mr. Howard Eng, CEO of the Greater Toronto Area Airport, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, and other invited guests. The award was given to Ethiopian for transforming lives in the African Diaspora by providing efficient aviation services.
Planet Africa Network was established to reflect the best of people of African heritage in the whole world and links the Diaspora to the continent where they live.
Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said on the ocassion "Ethiopian is, first and foremost, a customer focused and market driven airline. In a context of hyper competitive global airline industry, the only way for Ethiopian to sustain its success is through its differentiated service delivery and by meeting its customers' expectations. We are, therefore, honored to get this award and will not relent in our continuous efforts to offer our customers the best possible travel experience."
Ethiopian has been heavily investing in enhancing the skills of its human resource, in modernizing its fleet and in upgrading its facilities, all with a view to improve its customer service. The multiple recognition of the airline is the outcome of this continuous effort, as reflected in its customer satisfaction rating exceeding 85% and above industry average flight punctuality.
In the coming 2012-13 year, the airline will be introducing 14 additional brand new modern aircraft for the comfort of its passengers, including 5 B787-800 Dreamliners, 3 B737-800 with Sky Interior and 5 Q-400 aircraft with new configuration of full-fledged business class cabin and increased baggage space. Today the airline operates the youngest fleet in Africa.
Ethiopian is also upgrading Cloud 9/ business class seats in its B767 airplanes for the comfort of its passengers.
Moreover, the airline is working to upgrade the services and facilities at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, its main hub, including with the construction of new Cloud 9/ business class lounge, which will be open to passengers in the coming weeks. Addis Ababa airport has already become one of the best in Africa, both in infrastructure and customer services. It is now among very few selected airports in the world that is able to connect passengers between international flights in less than 30 minutes.
The recognition by Planet Africa Network is yet another confirmation of Ethiopian commitment to service excellence and a vote of confidence by its esteemed customers.
In 2012, Ethiopian has also received gold for its customer service by the African Aviation News Portal for having collected the highest number of votes, ahead of other airlines, in a survey involving 20,000 travelers.
This huge vote of confidence is an encouragement for Ethiopian to continue on its current trajectory as a customer focused airline that serves the travelling needs to and from Africa and, by so doing, contributes to its development.
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 69 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 NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer