Posted by Sade Williams
Africa’s leading Airline Ethiopian Airlines was once again awarded a prestigious award in Nigeria. The On-board Experience Achievement Award is in recognition of the Excellent Services the Airline is known for.
The award was presented by organiser of the Transport and Tourism Summit Dr. Odusanwo at a well attended event in Abuja.
The award was received by the General manager of the Airline in Nigeria Mrs. Firihewot Mekonnen and The Traffic Sales Manager for Abuja Tilahun Tadesse.
Mrs. Mekonnen in her response on behalf of the GCEO and entire team of Ethiopia Airlines thanked the Organizers for recognizing the good work done by the Airline in Nigeria. She used the Opportunity to inform the Public that Ethiopian Airlines now flies Everyday from West Africa through Lome and Abidjan to Newark asking Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the good services offered by the Airline.
Mekonnen also invited Nigerians to enjoy the new destinations the airline is about to open to Chicago, Geneva, Jakarta & Barcelona using the most modern and youngest fleets. She thanked Nigerians for their love and patronage and promised to always give the best for Nigeria as always.
Meanwhile the Airline has announced the Arrival of the 100th Aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, announced that it will take delivery on 5 June 2018 of its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-900, the 1st for an African airline to operate 100 aircraft fleet in the history of the continent, thus maintaining its pioneering aviation technology leadership role and ascertaining its leadership position in all aspects of Aviation Services in the continent.
On the planned delivery of the 100th aircraft, Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said: “It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of 100 aircraft. This milestone is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa and a testimony of the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025. Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African B787-800 Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012 and the first African A350 in 2016 and the first African B787-9 aircraft in 2017. Ethiopian now operates one of the youngest and most modern 100 aircraft, with an average age of less than 5 years.
“Fleet modernization and expansion is one of the four critical pillars of our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, in support of our fast expanding network, which has now reached over 110 international destinations covering 5 continents. Our new and cutting-edge fleet composed of B787s and A350s offer unparalleled on-board comfort to our customers and offer the best possible connections when traveling within Africa and between the continent and the rest of the world. This 100 fleet milestone, which we have achieved ahead of our Vision 2025 targets, compels us to revise our plans with a view to phase in more aircraft and further expand our network so as to meet the growing travel needs of our continent and support its economic development and integration by facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism. We will continue to connect more and more Africans with their fellow citizens of the continent and with their brothers and sisters in the rest of the world to make life better every single day.”
Ethiopian operates a mix of state-of-the-art aircraft with an average fleet age of five years. The Airline has 5 more Boeing 787-900 and 16 Airbus A350 airplanes on order, among others. Ethiopian was the first African Airline and second only to Japan to operate the B787 Dreamliner in 2012 and the first carrier in Africa to usher with the Airbus A350 XWB in 2016.