Ethiopian Airlines Wins 2017 African Airline of the Year Award

Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, has won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2017, for the second consecutive time, at the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference and Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The airline won the award in recognition of its continued rapid growth, increased profitability and its outstanding contributions to the development of the aviation industry in Africa.

Acting Chief Financial Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Meseret Bitew, while receiving the award said that the company was pleased to win the “African Airline of the Year Award” for the second time in a row; saying “it is a testimony of our commitment to serve our beloved continent Africa”.

Bitew explained that the commendable success of Ethiopian Airlines was attributed to the visionary leadership of the airline’s management and the hard work of thousands of Ethiopian employees who work around the clock with unity of purpose.

“Mobility and air connectivity being the economic engine of growth and development, we shall continue to play vital roles in connecting African countries with their major trading partners around the world and realize an economically liberal Africa”, he said.

Announcing the award, African Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nick Fadugba, said, “In the past 12 months, Ethiopian Airlines has further expanded its route network, modernized its fleet, inaugurated three new aircraft maintenance hangars, as well as a new world-class in-flight catering facility and has strengthened its airline joint ventures in Africa”.

In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has achieved a record financial turnover and profitability in spite of various industry challenges. Currently, the airline is well on track to exceed the goals of its Vision 2025 Strategy.

Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award winning airline: Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth consecutive year, by African Airlines Association (AFRAA), SkyTrax World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, Best African Cargo Airline of the Year Award, and Passenger Choice Award for Best Airline in Africa are few to mention.


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