Ethiopian voted as Best Airline to Africa and Best Airline in Africa By Premier Traveler Magazine Customer Survey - December 11, 2015

Ethiopian voted as Best Airline to Africa and Best Airline in Africa By Premier Traveler Magazine Customer Survey

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest, fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as "Best Airline to Africa", for a second year in a row, and “Best Airline in Africa” by one of the most prominent travel magazines in the United States, Premier Traveler, at a ceremony held on 10 December 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said: "I am very pleased to receive these awards on behalf of the more than 9,000 strong men and women colleagues at Ethiopian Airlines and I congratulate them for this achievement. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Premier Traveler Magazine for the recognition. We attach special importance to these awards since the readers of the Premier Traveler Magazine in the U.S. have voted Ethiopian Airlines as Best airline to Africa, for the second consecutive year, and Best Airline in Africa. I wish to thank them for this vote of confidence, which once again reaffirms the quality of the service and product we offer. We currently offer the best connectivity options for the travelling public between Africa and North America with direct flights to/from our three main gateways Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Toronto using the ultra-modern B777s and B787s, connecting to more than 53 destinations African destinations.

The awards will re-energize us all at Ethiopian to exert more efforts to expand further connectivity between Africa and North America which is driving fast growth in trade, investment and tourism relations between the two continents.”

Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline, including the APEX Passenger Choice Award, the most extensive survey of passengers in the industry, CAPA Airline of the Year AwardAFRAA Airline of the year award, for the fourth year in a row, are few to mention.

Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier operating the youngest fleet in the continent with an average of less than 5 years and currently serving 91 international destinations across 5 continents with over 230 daily departures.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its close to seven decades of operations, 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 91 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 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. 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.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Mrs. Hanna Atnafu

Manager Corporate Communications

Ethiopian Airlines

Tel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/529