Ethiopian Airlines was selected as the official carrier of the 8th, 2008 Leon H. Sullivan Summit. The airline will bring two 767 jetliners from Washington, D.C. to Arusha, Tanzania for the Summit, which will be held from June 2 – 6, 2008. Although the planes will depart from Dulles International Airport on two separate dates (May 28 and May 30), both flights will arrive in Arusha on Saturday, May 31, 2008. The delegates taking the May 28, 2008 flight will make two days stay in Ethiopia's magnificent capital city of Addis Ababa while the May 30, 2008 flight will make a one-night stop in tropical Zanzibar.
The 2008 Summit marks the first time we are hosting the event in an East African country. It is only fitting that an East African airline such as Ethiopian Airlines embarks on this journey with us,” stated Hope Masters, President and CEO of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation. “Many will be seeing Africa for the first time and I am proud that Ethiopian Airlines will not only be the captains of this voyage, but participants in the experience."
Inspired by the life and principles of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, The Sullivan Summits are organized by The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation with the goal of highlighting key issues, stimulating discussion, defining best practices, identifying new opportunities, promoting private enterprise and fostering high-level strategic partnerships.
Notables who have participated in past Summits have included U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Dorothy Height and the late Coretta Scott King. Celebrities including Chris Tucker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cicely Tyson and Dick Gregory also have attended past Summits. For more information, visit www.thesullivanfoundation.org/summit
As the official carrier of the Summit, Ethiopian Airlines will be given due recognition throughout the summit through advertisements that will run on the web sites of both the Africa Channel (www.theafricachannel.com) and All Africa.com (www.allafrica.com).
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, is the winner of the 2007 African Business of the Year and recipient of the 2006 Best African Airline Award. The airline currently serves 50 destinations around the globe, 30 of which are in Africa. The additional service to Kuwait will bring the total number of the Airline’s international destinations to 51. Ethiopian will be the first carrier to operate the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Featuring five weekly flights from Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, the airline offers both morning and evening departures to Addis Ababa, with the morning departure allowing convenient connections to 30 African destinations. For more information about Ethiopian Airlines, visit www.ethiopianairlines.com
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