Ethiopian Airlines was named the African Airline of the year at the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This is the second time in a row that the Ethiopian flag carrier has won the Airline of the Year award. The award aims to highlight and support Africa’s aviation sector better compete at international level.
The airline was recognized for continued rapid growth, increased profitability and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.
Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, has expanded significantly its route network, modernized its fleet and inaugurated three new aircraft maintenance hangars therefore setting example to other African airline, according to the African Aviation CEO Nick Fadugba who handed out the award.
“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,” African Aviation, CEO, Nick Fadugba said.
While receiving the Award Mr Meseret Bitew, Acting Chief Financial Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, said: ‘’We are pleased to win the “African Airline of the Year Award for the second time in a row; a testimony of our commitment to serve our beloved continent Africa.
The commendable success of the airline attributes to the visionary leadership of Ethiopian management and the hard work of thousands of Ethiopian employees who work hard around the clock with unity of purpose. Mobility and air connectivity being the economic engine of growth and development, we shall continueto play vital roles in connecting African countries with their major trading partners around the world and realize an economically liberal Africa “