Ethiopian Voted and Won Best Airline of the Year Award in China - 15 April, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won the Best Airline of the Year Award at MICE Magazine’s 7th Annual Award Ceremony held in Beijing, China on April 11, 2014 in the presence of 200 top travel trade professionals, travel agents, representatives of the national tourism offices and media from all over China. The award was given by Chinese travel professionals and passengers in recognition of exceptional Ethiopian service to the Chinese market.

MICE Magazine is the leading media outlet in China reaching over 210,000 travel industry professionals. Its annual awards are given based on on-line voting from the traveling and trade professionals, travel agents, consumers and media.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, "I wish to thank the travel and trade professionals, travel agents, media and above all our esteemed customers from China for this award and for their vote of confidence in our airline with record number of them choosing Ethiopian for their travel needs. Ethiopian has become the airline of choice for Chinese travelers thanks to our unmatched and convenient connectivity options with combined 28 weekly nonstop flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong using the latest technology aircraft such as the B787 and B777, and connecting to over 48 destinations in Africa and two destinations in Brazil with multiple award-winning on-board service. W e pledge to work hard on continuous improvement of our service and keep winning the confidence of our esteemed customers".

Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 80 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights, and using the latest technology aircraft such as the B777s and B787s. The airline is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including SKYTRAX "Best Airline Staff Service in Africa"; Best Travel Media "Africa’s Best Business Class Airline"; and Passenger Choice "Best Airline in Africa".

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 80 international destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, 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.