Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates 75 Years of Excellence amid Difficult Times
Ethiopian Airline Group, the largest Pan-African aviation group for years, celebrated its 75th anniversary on April 8, 2021.
E.A (Ethiopian Airlines) has come a long way from starting up as a small establishment in Cairo to a Pan-African- multibillion-dollar company.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said,
“As we celebrate 75 years of excellence, we take stock of our accomplishments over three-quarters of a century. Among the many firsts introduced by Ethiopian are the first Jet aircraft in Africa, the first East Africa to West Africa scheduled flight, the first airline from the Western Hemisphere to fly to China, the first scheduled service between the capitals of the most populous nations in the world (from New Delhi to Beijing), the first airline in Africa to introduce the B767, B777-200LR, B787 (the Dreamliner) and later on the A350 to Africa.
Today, our industry faces a serious challenge posed by COVID-19. The route we chose to overcome this challenge is to tighten our belts, change the way we do business and be agile. We remain the only commercial airline that hasn’t sought a government bailout and didn’t lay off a single employee.
I would like to take this opportunity to cement our commitment to sustainable aviation and continue to work with all stakeholders to enhance Africa’s air connectivity. While congratulating all Ethiopian families, I would like to thank our esteemed customers for their strong vote of confidence, their loyalty, and support.’’Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam
Though the global pandemic was made things extremely difficult for airlines due to travel bans and borders closing in most countries, Ethiopian Airlines managed properly by opting to be a major carrier of the Covid-19 vaccines from foreign countries to all parts of Africa.
Continuing to be at the forefront of the Global COVID-19 vaccine transportation, Ethiopian delivered COVAX vaccine to Madagascar.— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) May 8, 2021
#75yearsofExcellence #EthiopianCargo #pharmawing pic.twitter.com/HTC52o42IY
Ethiopian Airlines was one of the only airlines that did not seek out government bailout, aid, and didn’t lay off a single employee during the hard times of the Covid pandemic.
An outstanding record to display, Ethiopian attributes its success to the four pillars of its growth strategy. These pillars are human resource development, modern fleet, infrastructure development, and technology.
It will continue to focus on these pillars with the renewed emphasis on sustainability.
Facts about Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian is currently one of the largest and fastest-growing airlines in Africa, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, from millions of passengers annually to cargo transportation.
Even though other top airlines are operating in Africa like EgyptAir and Moroccan national carrier, Ethiopian airlines still lead due to their consistency and success.
On April 8, 1946, the company functioned its first-ever public commercial flight. It flew from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital to Cairo, Egypt.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 127 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian massive fleet includes ultra-modern, technically advanced, environmentally friendly aircrafts such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years.
Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft mentioned above. They have won numerous awards over their years of operations.