Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that the Pan-African Award Committee comprising of travel professionals and journalists from across Africa has recognized the airline with multiple awards, including as “African Airline of the Year” and “Best Cabin Crew in Africa” at the opening ceremony of the 9th Travel Market, AKWAAB, meeting in Nigeria at Eko Hotel Convention Centre on 27 October 2013.
Travel Market, AKWAAB, is the only annual international travel fair in West Africa bringing together all the stakeholders in the tourism industry value chain, including airlines, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, restaurants, national tourism boards and media. While receiving the award, Ato Essayas WoldeMariam, Managing Director of Ethiopian International, said “We are honored to receive these double awards in Africa today which will encourage the 8,000 strong work force of Ethiopian to double their efforts for African Aviation development.”
Tewolde Gebremariam CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Group said, “It is a special honor and privilege for Ethiopian, the fastest growing and most profitable African Airline, to receive these double awards from the awards committee of travel professionals and distinguished journalists of the continent. The double awards are strong testaments and recognition of our continuous and remarkable performance. By combining the best and latest aircraft technology like the B-787 Dreamliner and well trained, qualified and highly motivated employees supported with latest information and communication technology systems, Ethiopian is connecting the Continent of Africa with the rest of the world better than any other carrier. As a truly indigenous African airline, our international network of 76 cities spread all over five continents is connecting 46 African cities with 30 major cities in the rest of the world served by mostly daily and nonstop flights. We are also making intra-African connectivity easier and more convenient with our multiple hubs thru our partnership with ASKY in West Africa and soon Malawian Airlines in Southern Africa.”
Ethiopian has also won the 2013 SKYTRAX award for “Best Airline Staff Service in Africa” and the 2013 Passengers Choice Award for “Best Airline in Africa.”
During the award ceremony of the 9th Travel Market, AKWAAB, meeting, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport was also recognized as “Best Airport in East Africa”.
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 76 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 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.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer