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By ATC News  October 30/2017

Fleet aircraft 95 arrived earlier this week in Addis Ababa when Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the second Boeing B787-9, the larger variant of this state of the art aircraft family.
The first such aircraft ever to be delivered to an African airline joined ET’s fleet just four weeks ago as reported here at the time and has made its debut across airports in Africa and India. Kilimanjaro International outside Arusha was the first to receive the new bird, then followed by such destinations like Mombasa, Zanzibar, Abuja, Kinshasa but also Delhi and Dubai.

Ethiopian Airlines now operates 21 Boeing B787’s and was African launch customer when the aircraft entered service.

Ethiopian Airlines was just two weeks ago handed a four star certification by Skytrax, the world’s foremost aviation ranking and rating platform, and the arrival of more brand new aircraft will help to maintain and defend this notable accolade.


Ethiopian Airlines, the largest, fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won CAPA Airline of the Year Award, one of the top airline awards, at the 2015 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence, held on 7 October, 2015 in Helsinki as part of CAPA’s 2015 World Aviation Summit. 

CAPA - Centre for Aviation (formerly the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation) is the leading provider of independent global expertise in aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services covering worldwide developments. The CAPA awards for Excellence are independently researched by CAPA and Heidrick & Struggles and selected by an independent International panel of judges.

Ethiopian was selected by the judging panels for its ability to establish pan-African operations and thrive in an increasingly important emerging market; being the biggest standout strategically during the year and emerging as the leader in Africa with a pioneering strategy, which has the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry thereby establishing itself as a leader, providing a benchmark for others to follow.

Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam receiving the award from CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison 

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, remarked while receiving the award at a gala dinner, “I am humbled to be honored with this prestigious award of CAPA Airline of the Year which is a demonstration and recognition of our fast and continuous growth, outstanding performance and our Pan-African stance in bringing Africa together and closer to the world. I wish to thank CAPA and the panel of judges for recognizing our contribution in serving Africa and our contribution to the development of the African Aviation.The award goes, first and foremost, to the more than 9000 employees at Ethiopian who are working hard day-in and day-out and managed to make our beloved airline the leading, fast growing and the most profitable airline in Africa, despite the uniquely challenging operating environment prevailing in the continent. It is also a testimony of the remarkable success of our Vision 2025 fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy.

The award is also a testimony of the success of our business model, which is the diversified aviation business and which will make Ethiopian the Leading Aviation Group in Africa by 2025. We will continue our leadership in the African Aviation industry and connecting mother Africa with its major global trading centers. We currently offer an extensive network, ideal connectivity options which guarantee the fastest and the shortest travel time between any destinations in the continent of Africa and to all 90+ of our global destinations as convenient as possible.”

 “Ethiopian has doubled in size since the beginning of the decade while most other major African carriers have grown only slightly or not at all, successfully expanding its hub operation” said      Mr. Peter Harbison Executive Chairman of CAPA. “It has been consistently profitable over this period while most of its competitors in Africa have struggled financially in recent years.”

CAPA noted that Ethiopian has rapidly expanded its network in Africa, and its position in Africa has been further strengthened by pursuing joint ventures and investments in other African carriers Ethiopian has also pursued rapid and successful expansion in Asia, where it now has 11 destinations, positioning Addis Ababa as the leading hub for the growing Asia-Africa market despite intensifying competition for such traffic from the Gulf carriers/hubs. Several new partnerships have been forged including with ANA, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines, leveraging Ethiopian’s membership in Star.

Ethiopian also celebrated several prestigious awards in 2015, including the APEX Passenger Choice Award the most extensive survey of passengers in the industry, the AFRAA “Best airline in Africa” award, the “Best international airline of the year” by Business Executive Excellence, are few to mention .

Ethiopian is a truly indigenous Pan-African global carrier that operates the youngest and the most modern fleet in the continent with an average aircraft age of less than 5 years with more than 232 daily departures.

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Ethiopian Airlines

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Apr 30, 2015 

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations to start flights to Dublin and Los Angeles starting from June 19, 2015.

Ethiopian flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the ultra- modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers. The flights will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States.

Travelers from Los Angeles and Ireland will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian extensive network in Africa covering 49 destinations. Similarly, as the flights will be the only direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the Irish and U.S. travelling public between the two cities will greatly benefit from the opening of the route.

Our new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism investment between the fast growing continent of Africa, and the United States and Ireland. As the these flights will be the first and only direct air route linking Africa with Ireland and the West Coat of the U.S., they will bring these two seemingly far away cities much closer to Africa and will facilitate mobility and connectivity for businesses and the large African Diaspora community living in the West Coast of the United States.

“In line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, we are expanding our network and deploying the most technologically advanced aircraft as part of our commitment to our customers to provide them the best possible travel experience and connectivity options. Our flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated with the B787 Dreamliner, which offers unmatched on-board comfort especially for such a very long haul route with its unique features such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin air humidity, biggest windows in the sky and spacious cabin interior. “said CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam.

With the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city and Los Angeles, its 4th point in the Americas, Ethiopian international network will cover 87 destinations across 5 continents.

Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier voted by passengers as the Best in Africa for two years in a row by Passenger Choice Awards, the most comprehensive survey in the industry. The airline operates the youngest fleet in the continent with an average of less than 7 years and currently serves 85 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures.


Shola Adekola – Lagos

Individuals and groups which have argued that the success of any airline in Africa rests on its mode of ownership must have been proved wrong by the success story of Ethiopian Airline, a national carrier from the same Africa. It is no longer news of that the airline has proved cynics wrong that what they have described as a hopeless situation in air transportation in Africa is actually not totally hopeless.

This was the position of the Vice President of the airline, Mr Esayas Woldemariam, during a chat with some journalists at the Lagos Airport at the weekend. According to Woldemariam, while the success of any carrier was not necessarily dictated by mode of ownership, rather, the success of such a carrier should depend on the ability of its management or owner to develop a multi-hub system that would create a pool of network to feed passengers from different parts of the continents into its major hub before distributing them to the global network.

Besides this, Woldemariam emphasised that success of any airline could be achieved by putting in place a good route analysis structure that would address the lack of air connectivity on the continent through the development of multiple hubs to feed passengers traffic into a major network across the continent.

Woldemariam, who took time to speak on what makes the airline thick in the midst of unimpressive performance of other African carriers, said until African governments implemented the liberalisation of its air transport policy, also called the Yamoussoukro Decision, which grants free access to carriers from the continent to fly into any airspace on the continent for connectivity, foreign carriers would continue to dominate the market with their over 800 per cent market share of passengers.

The success of the African carrier can be seen in its route network that cuts across the globe with the use of sophisticated aircraft with their average age put at seven years.

The airline according to statistics has been able to lay other foundations through where the government of the country has continued to sustain itself.

The success story of the airline must have rubbished the position of many Nigerians who had argued that the government was never a good manager of businesses. According to some players in the sector, if Ethiopian Airlines, fully owned by the government, could do so well, nothing could stop other countries on the continent, including Nigeria, from doing same. The overwhelming performance of the airline, due to the managerial capability of those put in charge, has been made possible by the free hand given to the professionals to run it without undue interference.

The airline, apart from the goodwill it enjoys from its government, has also been able to embrace global trends, such as cooperation, as witnessed in its alliances with airlines across the world, which has further given it the mileage to spread its tentacles outside Africa. While the alliances have helped many airlines to survive the harsh economic situations, reverse has been the case with the Nigerian airlines, which, despite all pleas, have chosen to remain separately without any progress.

Ethiopian Airlines Vice President attributed the woeful performance of African airlines to the inability of the respective countries to put in place a dedicated and honest management team, which should see air transport as a tool to integrate the economic development of the continent rather than the ongoing argument that the failure of the African carriers was because they were owned by government fully.

He said because Africa was not easily connected by rail and road modes of transportation, air transportation, therefore, becomes the cheapest mode to connect all parts of the continent for accelerated economic integration development.

To Woldemariam, many African carriers failed because they did not invest enough in route development and adequate equipment to leverage their operations as major players in the global air transport industry.

He said investment in smaller carriers by major national airlines, as Ethiopian Airlines had done with ASKY Airlines in Lome, Togo, and Air Malawi in Lilongwe, had assisted in the development of two regional hubs in West, Central and Southern Africa, which, he said, had allowed the airlines to feed passengers into the major hub in Addis Ababa. With the multiple-hub system, Ethiopian Airlines, he said, was able to connect passengers from different parts of Africa into its global route network as a Star Alliance member.

“The solution to how to deliver successful airlines in Africa is not a matter of the mode of ownership. African carriers have failed not because they were owned by the government or privately run. It was because the airlines lacked diligent managers who had the autonomy to run the carriers with industry discipline.

“African carriers can do well if the right template is in place and one of the ways of achieving this is through the multiple-hub system.

This system allows the carriers to put in place a passenger feeder network from its smaller hubs into a major hub for global passenger distribution.

Africa needs successful carriers which it could use to facilitate its economic integration. This has become key, because the continent is not connected by rail or road. Air links could strengthen businesses in Africa with low level investment in infrastructure,” he said.

Currently, Ethiopian Airlines is the largest and most successful African carrier by revenue and profit, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global clearing house for standard airlines across the world.

The Star Alliance member airline currently operates direct flights into four cities in Nigeria: Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Port Harcourt, making 20 weekly flights into the country. 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 centres: 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.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ethiopian Airlines announced that its CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, has been elected to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

IATA is a trade association for the world’s airlines. Its 240 airline members comprise 84 percent of the world’s total air traffic and its Board of Governors consists of top executives from 31 airlines from around the world. Mr. Gebremariam will join Presidents, Chairmen, and CEOs of some of the world’s largest airlines, further placing Ethiopian Airlines at the forefront of the airline industry.

“I am delighted to join my distinguished colleagues on the IATA Board of Directors,” said Gebremariam. This appointment is recognition of not only Gebremariam, but also of Ethiopian Airlines. The airline has more than 7,000 staff members, one of the industry’s most up-to-date fleets, and service to 72 international destinations.


May 3, 2014

By Mengistu

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - (WIC) – As Air Transport is irreplaceable to connect African Countries to one another and with the rest of the world African States need to give a serious attention to the sector, Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

In his exclusive interview with WIC, the Chief Executive Officer emphasized that the continent needs to have Common Aviation Policy to facilitate the profitability of African Airlines.

Africa should take European Union as a model in developing its Aviation Industry, he said, adding that it has managed to enable its Airlines to move freely within the continent.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, in Europe if one of the European member countries negotiates with any country outside the European Union, all member countries are allowed to fly to that country. This is, however, impossible in Africa, Tewolde added.

According to Tewolde, Ethiopian Airlines can’t, for instance, fly from Addis Ababa to France via Chad or Khartoum due to lack of such Common Aviation Policy in the continent.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, focus is not given to the sector in many African countries as a result the marketing is segmented, the inter Africa traffic is very low, not many Airlines are serving and trade among African countries is only 10 percent.

Both road and train transport in Africa are underdeveloped, Tewolde said, adding the only appropriate and irreplaceable transport to connect African countries is air transport; however, it is taxed heavily even more than alcohol and beverage in some African countries.

The CEO also advised African countries to construct their infrastructure so that it will be easy for African Airlines to connect African countries with the rest of the world.

In this regard, Tewolde appreciated the Ethiopia government that it has done its best level to develop the sector.

It has constructed 17 Airports among which 15 are asphalted; however, most African countries do pay attention to Air Transport infrastructures, the CEO added.

Despite the fact that African countries need to pay due attention to Air Transport and subsidize the Aviation Industry to make it profitable, we found things on the ground different, WIC learnt.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, the price of jet oil in Africa is more than doubled to the world update and Airlines are taxed in the continent very high even more than the taxation for cigarette and alcoholic beverage in some African countries.

These challenges could be alleviated if Africa Airlines manage to have a single marketing aviation like the Europeans through liberating the traffic rights, The CEO added.

It would be appropriate for African countries to carry out the agreed, signed and filed Common Aviation Policy to liberalize the traffic rights some 20 years ago, Tewolde emphasized.


Ethiopian Airlines Wins Friends and Influences People Worldwide
by Jerry W. Bird

How many of our under 30 generation have read his books, or even know about Dale Carnegie, I could never guess. Yet this one man's simple concepts have changed millions of lives dramatically and positively for generations, not just in North America, but around the world. In my opinion everyone should read at least one of his inspiring books. Like Napoleon Hill, another author who has inspired folks around the world, he leads by example. The management at Ethiopian Airlines has the type of action-based thinking and 'hands on' approach Carnegie talks about on every page of his best seller, "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Speaking of winning friends, the way our group of 11 journalists was catered to during a Tourism Ministry sponsored flight from the USA to Addis Ababa -- and around the country on its regional routes, left its mark indelibly on each of us. Following the Historic Route Tour to Lalibela, Gondar, Bahir Dar-and Lake Tana, I had the opportunity of working at the company's head office for several days, laying the foundation for this issue and an updated (Post Congress) edition of Africa Travel Magazine. That was when I experienced the "Spirit of Ethiopian Airlines" first hand. Continued

Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia. One of the leading airlines on the African continent, Ethiopian Airlines serves more than 60 international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, and North America, as well as operating an extensive domestic and international cargo network. Ethiopian Airlines became a member of Star Alliance in Dec-2011.  By Capa Aviation.

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Ethiopian Airlines announces expansion in Africa

Feb 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, announced further expansion of its unparalleled service to the continent with new flights to Blantyre, Malawi, and Ndola, Zambia starting March 31, 2013.

Blantyre is the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi. It will be Ethiopian Airlines’ 44th destination in Africa and the second in Malawi next to Lilongwe. The new schedule of 3 flights per week will begin on March 31, 2013.

Ndola, the third largest city in Zambia, is the industrial and commercial center in the copper belt of the country. Ndola will be Ethiopian's 45th African and the 72nd international destination. It will also be its second destination in Zambia next to Lusaka. The new schedule of 3 flights per week will begin on March 31, 2013.

“Ethiopian, as a flagship carrier of Africa, is pleased to add Blantyre and Ndola to its wide route network and to offer passengers to and from these cities the best possible connectivity through its Addis Ababa hub,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

Passengers traveling to and from Blantyre and Ndola will enjoy smooth connections to destinations in Ethiopian Airlines' route network such as Washington, DC; Toronto; London; Hong Kong; and Dubai; among many others.

About Ethiopian



Ethiopian Airlines was founded on 30th December 1945, initially with the contractual assistance of TWA. The first planes used by the Airline were five DC-3's. The first international scheduled service was inaugurated between Addis Ababa and Cairo on April 8, 1946.

NO. OF EMPLOYEES : 4,705 As of June 30, 2006

PASSENGERS TRANSPORTED : 1,762,900 Year ending June 30, 2006

Ethiopian Airlines,, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. The airline currently serves 50 destinations around the globe, 30 of which are in Africa. The addition of services to Kuwait and Riyadh will bring the total number of the Airline's international destinations to 52.

Ethiopian will be the first carrier to operate the Dreamliner-B787 in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

In 2006 and 2007 Ethiopian has earned three different awards respectively from the African Aviation Journal, the African Times/USA, and the Government of Ghana for its best performance in the commercial air transport industry.


Now I won't pretend to be a complete stranger to the airline; a friend at ATA, Hagos Legesse of New York, made me a gift that I have treasured ever since. Born in Ethiopia, Mr. Legesse is a well respected travel consultant and served as an ATA Director for many years. This timely gift was a deluxe coffee table edition of "Bringing Africa Together," a book that tells the story of humble beginnings, followed by the rise of Ethiopian Airlines to world status, through decades of trials and tribulations, peace and war. The addition of direct flights to Addis Ababa from Washington, DC and New York/ Newark, is the latest feather in the airline's cap.

If all of this tender loving care (TLC) I spoke of wasn't enough, on our return flight I was presented with a beautiful silk necktie compliments of the airline. I've worn it with pride at every opportunity ever since. This colorful piece of wearable art bears a replica of a classic stained glass window that adorns the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa.
The design is by the artist Tekle (see his profile in this issue). Having pioneered a mighty "Air Bridge to Africa," Ethiopian Airlines now flies to more African destinations than any carrier in the world. See the above map above for a quick idea of its routes to and from the continents. From what myself and colleagues have experienced in my first return flight, I am sure that Ethiopian Airlines will continue to influence people and win friends for generations to come. Read more about Ethiopian Airlines in our Fall Edition and on our Web Site.

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