Ethiopian voted 2017 Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year

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Mr Tewolde GebreMariam receiving the award from Philip Tozer-Pennington (left)

Winners in the Middle East & Africa Aviation 100 Awards Category were chosen through customer surveys conducted by Airline Economics Magazine. Ethiopian outperformed major airlines in the Middle East and Africa to win this prestigious award.

“It is a tremendous honour to be recognized as Airline of the Year and to stand out from among the major Middle East and African carriers through a vote of the readers of one of the most renowned aviation magazines. I am particularly inspired by this award since our remarkable success and fast growth in all aspects of our business has gradually started to position us in a leadership position outside the continent of Africa,” said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. 

He said they are working together to build one of the best Global Aviation Groups by scaling up the unmatched and seamless connectivity of networks between the Continent of Africa and the rest of the world with more than 100 international destinations operated by the most modern fleet (less than 5 years old on average).

Ethiopian Airlines Group is among the very few airlines in the world which has shown leadership in purchasing both of the most technologically advanced airplanes in the world today – the B-787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A-350.

Philip Tozer-Pennington, managing director of Airline Economics and Aviation News Ltd, while presenting the awards on the night, said; “Ethiopian Airlines is both an African and an International Airline success story. The airline is the clear winner of the industry vote for the best performing airline in the MEA region over the past 12 months and I wish to congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on this remarkable success.”

Ethiopian is multi award winning airline: SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa, Best Airline Staff in Africa; AFRAA- Best Airline in Africa – 5 years in a row, Best Airline to Africa”, for a second year in a row,  “Best Airline in Africa” by US Premier Traveler magazine; Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for the 6th Year in a Row; Passenger Choice Awards for “Best Airline in Africa for the third time in a row; Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa by Pax International Magazine. 

Ethiopian is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian 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 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 Express & Ancillary Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; ET In-flight Catering; and Ethiopian Ground Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.