Ethiopian Airlines named African Airline of the Year

Carrier wins award for 5th year in a row

Ethiopian Airlines – Africa’s largest carrier – has been named Airline of the Year by the by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) during its 48th Annual General Assembly in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

This will be the 5th year in a row that the carrier has won the award.

Ethiopian Airlines was recognized for its outstanding financial performance, service delivery, competitiveness, innovation, efficiency, technological leadership and cooperation with other African carriers.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said said: “we are greatly honored for this recognition by fellow airlines in Africa, for the 5th consecutive year. The award underscores the continuous efforts and hard work of Ethiopian Airlines staff, who were striving daily to surpass customers’ expectations.”

Africa’s growth primarily benefiting non-African carriers

He added that the management of the Ethiopian carrier was “grateful to its loyal customers for giving us the opportunity to serve them, for travelling on Ethiopian Airlines in great numbers, for their continued feedback and support which, in turn, assisted us in enhancing the airline’s service excellence.
Although Africa is registering rapid economic and growth, this growth is primarily benefiting non-African carriers,” he concluded.

About Ethiopian Airlines: Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing carrier in Africa. In its 7 decades of operation, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.
The carrier commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across 5 continents.

Its fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of 5 years.

Ethiopian Airlines is currently implementing a 15 year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with 7 business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian Maintenance, Repair and Operations; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. The carrier is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25 percent in the past 7 years.