Ethiopian Wins the GOLD Boeing Performance Excellence Award - 18 February, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has received the 2013 "GOLD Level Boeing Performance Excellence Award" for its outstanding performance at the Wire Kits Harness Manufacturing Plant. This is the second Gold award the plant has received from Boeing. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance.

Ethiopian established the aircraft wire production plant in July 2009. The plant manufactures certified seat to seat aircraft interior wires of different types and supplies them to Boeing, which uses the wires for 737, 747, 767 and 777 jet aircraft. Yet, the majority of the wires, close to 85%, are produced for the ultra-long range 777-200 LRs.

"Obtaining Gold level Boeing performance excellence award is a testimony of Ethiopian high standard and capabilities in the skill driven aviation industry. The pursuit of excellence is not just a hallmark of our wire kits harness manufacturing plant. It is also the defining characteristic of Ethiopian and the bedrock of its continued success in all areas of its global operations," said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Ethiopian Airlines Wire Kit Harness Manufacturing Plant is one of only 124 suppliers to be awarded the Gold level recognition among thousands of Boeing suppliers.

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 79 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.