70th year Anniversary of @flyethiopian & Annual Employees’ Day celebration

Ethiopian 70th Year Anniversary and Annual Employees’ Day Colorfully Celebrated!

The 70th Year Anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines and Annual Employees’ Day has colorfully been celebrated on June 5, 2016 at ET headquarters in the presence of Group CEO Ato Tewolde GebreMariam, the Executive Management Team, officials of partner companies and stakeholders as well as over 13,000 Ethiopian employees and retirees. The occasion brought Ethiopian partners, employees and retirees together to celebrate the achievements of the airline over the past seven decades and the irreplaceable role employees had in the success story. The ceremony was started with the Ethiopian national anthem performed by Ministry of Defense March Band followed by a minute of silence to honor the martyrs in the struggle which saw the ouster of the Dergue on Ginbot 20 back in 1991.

Speaking at the event, Ethiopian Group CEO Ato Tewolde GebreMariam congratulated all the staff, at home and abroad, on their unreserved and fruitful efforts which made the airline successful over the past 70 years. He also urged them to continue their efforts in unison to achieve the airline’s goals with a sense of common vision and team work.

Ato Tewolde pointed out that Ethiopian has been winning in the hyper-competitive aviation business and will continue its efforts to achieve yet greater victories. “We will never be intimidated by competition as long as there is a level playing field,” he said. The CEO also thanked partner companies for their support for Ethiopian in good and bad times. In their brief speeches, officials of the partner companies also congratulated all the staff on their success over the decades.


During the event, best performer staff members of 2015/2016 from across divisions received prizes from the Group CEO. A photo exhibition depicting the 70 years success story of Ethiopian was also opened by Ato Tewolde and Ato Tewodros Dawit, Airport Enterprise CEO.

The participants of the event were treated to delicious Ethiopian cuisine including kurt, tibs and kitfo as well as beer and soft drinks while enjoying live band performance by famous Ethiopian musicians including Helen Berhe, Semahegn Belew and Jonny Ragga. DJ Yemmi and Comedian Filfilu also entertained the audience.


Receiving Employee of The Year 2016 award/prize from Mr. Fouad Attar (Executive Vice President – Managing Director, Airbus-Middle East), Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam (CEO, Ethiopian Airlines) & Mr. Van Rex Gallard (Vice President Sales – Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Boeing) -(From left to right)


Receiving Employee of The Year 2016 award/prize from Mr. Fouad Attar (Executive Vice President – Managing Director, Airbus-Middle East), Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam (CEO, Ethiopian Airlines) & Mr. Van Rex Gallard (Vice President Sales – Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Boeing) -(From left to right)


Ethiopian Airlines First A350 XWB Rolls Out of Paint Shop

The first A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines has been revealed in the airline’s livery following completion of painting in Toulouse. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests.


Ethiopian will become the first airline from the Africa to fly the A350 XWB. The carrier will operate 14 A350 XWBs, of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft.

Ethiopian will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America.


Ethiopian Airlines Group upgrades Aviation Academy

Ethiopian Airlines Group has revamped its Aviation Academy, investing US$100 million in the project. The Academy will have an annual intake capacity of 4,000 students, which will reinforce its position as the largest and the finest Aviation Academy in Africa.


Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated its recently upgraded Aviation Academy. The group invested US$100 million in the upgrade project. With an annual intake capacity of 4,000 students, thanks to the expansion, the school will reinforce its position as the largest and finest Aviation Academy in Africa according to a statement.

The refurbished academy has five training schools, which include the pilot training school, aviation maintenance training school, commercial and ground service school and leadership school.

The expanded academy also has several flight simulators, the B-777, B-787, B-737, B-767/757 and the Q-400, which enables the academy to offer full type rating trainings for pilots as an authorized training organization.

Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian said, “We are proud to be in a position to avail the latest and next generation aviation technology training machines and facilities where we can train the continent’s youth and prepare them for the 21st century African Aviation development,”

“The Ethiopian Aviation Academy is positioning itself to be the catalyst leader in aviation training technology in supporting the African Union to realize its vision 2063”.

Last month, the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy graduated 14 pilots, 53 aviation technicians, 38 marketing agents and 38 cabin crew, including nine trainee pilots from Rwanda three of which are female.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has continued to expanding as competing African airlines are mired in heavy losses. The airline has pursued an aggressive expansion strategy, which has quickly transformed the carrier into the continent’s leading airline, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.


Ethiopian Airlines first A350 XWB takes shape

The first Airbus A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines is taking shape on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African A350 XWB operator when it takes delivery of the aircraft next year.


Ethiopian Airlines will operate 14 A350 XWB of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft.

Mating of the various aircraft fuselage sections has begun and the vertical stabilizer (tail fin) has been attached.   Similarly, work has begun on joining the wings, and the horizontal tailplanes to the fuselage, after which its undercarriage will be fitted. All these activities are carried out in parallel with cabin interiors installation and the first electrical power–on, enabling a significant reduction in lead-time. Following this, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive sequence of tests. Once those are complete, the aircraft will be painted, its engines installed and preparations for delivery will begin.

The carrier will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America. The Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 will be arriving at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on 11th November as part of its Middle East-Ethiopia demonstration flight tour.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step-change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, as it uses 25 per cent less fuel and provides an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 787 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide.

SOURCE: airbus.com

Ethiopian Airlines wins “The Rising Star Carrier of the Year Award”

Ethiopian-Playload-AsiaEthiopian Playload Asia Award (credit: Ethiopian Airlines Facebook page)

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), the fastest growing Airline in Africa, has won “The Rising Star Carrier of the Year Award” at the 2015 Playload Asia Award held at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore, yesterday.

Rising star carrier of the yearOrganised by Payload Asia and supported by Logistics Insight Asia, the annual Awards is a celebration of excellence, highlighting the air cargo supply chain companies that have excelled in the industry – those that have risen above the challenges through market adeptness, innovative products or superior strategy – to make a positive impact on the market and in their own business.

Established in 1984, Payload Asia continues to be the respected voice of the air freight industry, offering unparalleled news and analysis of industry developments and trends from across the globe with a keen focus on the Asia-Pacific and India-Middle East regions.

Ethiopian Airlines among the top 10 most dependable airlines in the world


Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest and most profitable airline, has been ranked as the 6th most dependable airlines in the world according to CBS news. With a fleet size of 76 aircraft and more than 100 destinations , 81 of them internationally, Ethiopia’s flag carrier has an on-time record of 71% and is ranked as the 6th most dependable airlines in the world.

Ethiopian flies to more destinations in Africa than any other airline in the world and it is Africa’s dominant airline in Asia, flying to 21 cities in Asia including the Middle East and Gulf.

The most dependable airline in the ranking is Qatar Airways followed by Emirates and China Eastern. Singaopre Airlines is ranked 4th and China Southern Airlines 5th. You can see the complete list on CBC News

Ethiopian Airlines

Fleet size: 76

Number of destinations: 101+

On-time percentage: 71%

Average age of fleet: 7 years

Africa’s largest and most profitable airline has been in rapid expansion mode to capture the hot Africa-Asia market.

Ethiopia is building a massive airport to house the airline’s home base. The country is looking to shed its image of famine and poverty, and showcase its booming economy.

Ethiopian Airlines Launches Mobile Payment with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of mobile payment for online ticket purchase in Ethiopia. The option was made possible with the cooperation of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and Flocash, an integration system provider.
Ethiopian has already implemented, since last year, the mobile payment option in some African markets enabling its online customers to book and pay with their local card. This service will now be available in Ethiopia with customers from Ethiopia able to book their trip, pay and receive payment confirmation with associated passenger record locater with a single connection.
Advantages of the new one-click service include saving time and money through various discount offers. The new Mobile payment option is user friendly. After selecting their flights at http://www.ethiopianairlines.com, passengers may choose the CBE Mobile at the payment page. To make payment, they will simply need to use their CBE enabled mobile app to authorize and confirm payment. Ethiopian ticket itinerary will be sent to the customer after a successful payment is made. The service is powered by FloCash – the leading payment provider in Africa.

 Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “This Mobile payment service given in coordination with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia heralds a new era of e-commerce and mobile payments in the country by allowing our customers to use local payment options for online ticket purchase. It is part of our grandiose plan called “Mobility”, which aims to use mobile digital channels for enhancing our customers’ experience. In November, we started Mobile SMS information system with access to real-time and personalized information regarding flight information and cargo. Now, we are taking it a step further by availing mobile payment option for on-line purchase in Ethiopia. As a customer service organization, we will continuously work hard to avail to our customers the best possible travel experience both on the ground and on-board.”

Currently, customers in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Cameron, Brazil, and Ethiopia are able to complete their payment using local payment option online, and by the end of this year Senegal, Zambia and Rwanda will also be enabled.

Source: eturbonews.com