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.

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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.