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Ethiopian wins Bombardier's Airline Reliability Performance Award

10 May 2012 
For the second consecutive year, Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2011 Annual Airline Reliability Performance Award from the Bombardier Aerospace. Ethiopian achieved the highest overall dispatch reliability rating and placed first overall in the Q-400 product category for the Middle East and Africa region.
Chief operating officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Ato Mesfin Tassew, received the award at the annual awards gala dinner held on 30 April 2012 at the Disney Atlantic Dance Hall in Orlando, Florida (USA). 

With the introduction of the Q-400 aircraft, Ethiopian not only has enhanced the comfort and safety of its passengers but also effectively addressed the need for additional capacity spurred by the country's double digit economic growth. Through enhancing its domestic and regional services further, Ethiopian Airlines also connects regional states with neighbouring countries. 

Ethiopian Airlines owns eight Bombardier Q-400s which services its domestic and regional routes. The airline recently ordered five more Q-400s, upgraded with seven business class seats, bigger baggage compartments and two lavatories. 

The Bombardier Airline Reliability Performance Awards are presented annually to operators of CRJ services and Q-400 series aircraft in recognition of outstanding dispatch reliability. Each winner must succeed in delivering an average dispatch reliability rate of 99% or higher on revenue passenger flights during 2011 and the highest dispatch reliability performance in their respective product class and region. 

About Ethiopian Airlines 
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Hangzhou, Milan and Madras, Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 63 international destinations spanning four continents. 

Recently, Ethiopian won the 2011 'AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR' Award for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and the 2009 'Airline of the Year' award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). In August, 2008, Ethiopian won "the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award" of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian was also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian Airlines announces flights to Seychelles

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) - Ethiopian Airlines announced the launch of nonstop flights to the Seychelles from Addis Ababa beginning 01 April 2012. The Airlines is pleased to begin services to Seychelles, which is famous for its beauty and the home of two UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, according to Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian.
The CEO underscored that the Airlines is among the leading transporters and has fulfilled the necessary safety requirements.
Ethiopian Airlines used to fly to the Seychelles 32 years ago, which was disrupted due to capacity and other reasons.
In a harsh time where many airlines companies are closing due to the rising fuel cost, Ethiopian Airlines has managed to fly to more destinations with its established cost effective system to fulfil its aim of becoming a globally leading one by 2025.
Culture and Tourism Minister of the Seychelles, Alain St. Ange for his part said Ethiopian Airlines flight to his country will ensure mutual benefits.
According to ERTA, Ethiopian Airlines has introduced complete travel packages to the Seychelles, which include airfare, multiple-night stays at a variety of properties and unforgettable activity offerings.
Seychelles would be the 41st African destination and the 66th globally for Ethiopian Airlines.

The year 2007 marks the celebration of mutual respect and cordial diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and the United States for over a century. Commemorative celebrations were held throughout the United States recognizing the centennial of the formal signing of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and the United States. Programs and panel discussions were held at Stanford University and Howard University among others, to identify areas of mutual cooperation and unity between Ethiopians and African-Americans. The overall purpose of the centennial commemoration is to not only recognize the many years of diplomatic relations but to draw lessons from the long experiences between the two countries. Further, it is hoped that the history of relationships between Ethiopia and the United States and their collective experiences will ultimately benefit scholars of history and political science and practitioners in foreign diplomacy but most importantly increase interpersonal relationships between the people of Ethiopia and the United States.

The first known Ethiopians visited America in 1808, when merchants from Ethiopia arrived at New York’s port.
A formal relationship was established between Ethiopia and the United States on December 27, 1903 by Emperor Menelik of Ethiopia and Commissioner Robert P. Skinner representing President Theodore Roosevelt of the United States. 

Thus the initial treaty between the two countries representing a truly historic diplomatic document was signed, known as the "Treaty of Amity and Commerce", which accorded Ethiopia the status of "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) and consequently led to full-fledged diplomatic relations.
The foundation for this unique relationship was perhaps laid on the eve of 1886, when Ethiopia successfully stopped the European scramble for Africa at the gates in northernmost Ethiopia.

In 1919 an official Ethiopian goodwill mission was sent to the United States, the first African delegation of diplomats, in hopes of creating amicable ties with the American people and government. The four-person delegation included Ras Tesema Nadew, the nephew of Empress Zawditu and Commander of the Imperial Army, along with Blattengeta Heruy Welde Sellase, Mayor of Addis Ababa, Kentiba Gebru, Mayor of Gondar, and Tsehafi Yaqob, Ras Tesema Nadew’s secretary.

In subsequent years and decades, Emperors Menelik and Haile Selassie showed strong interest in the immediate promotion of Ethiopia's unique relationship with the United States.

After his official coronation, Emperor Haile Selassie sent forth the first wave of Ethiopian students to continue their education abroad. Almost a dozen Ethiopian students likewise went to the United States. They included Makonnen Desta, who studied anthropology at Harvard, and later became an interim Ethiopian Minister of Education, Makonnen Haile, who studied finance at Cornell, and Ingida Yohannes, veterinary medicine at New York. Three other students, Melaku Beyen, Besha Worrid Hapte Wold and Worku Gobena, went to Muskingum, a missionary college in Ohio, two of them later transferring to Ohio State University. Melaku Beyan, who was one of the two who attended Ohio State, later received his medical degree at Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C.

Moreover, more than one million Ethiopian-Americans are working very hard to revitalize and energize a greater Ethiopian-American friendship by building bridges that connect the two peoples ever closer. The vital interests of both Ethiopia and the United States have been kept alive and forged in times of both peace and adversity, and it is the fervent belief of many Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans that the United States, as in times past, will stand by Ethiopia as the two nations continue into the next one hundred years of an enduring partnership.

By and large, successive leaders of both countries have been keeping this important fact at the forefront of their foreign policy making. It is truly remarkable that the substance of this strategic partnership and shared destiny between the two countries has remained constant over more than a century.