Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, has won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for the Best Airline in Africa for the second successive year.
Skytrax is the most respected global air transport rating organization that conducts the world’s largest annual airline passenger satisfaction survey where customers make their own personal choices as to which airline they consider to be the best.
Speaking on the achievement, the Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “Ethiopian is a customer focused and market driven airline. In a context of hyper-competitive global airline industry, the only way for Ethiopian to sustain its success is through its differentiated service delivery and by meeting its customers’ expectations. We are, therefore, honored and delighted to have been named the Best Airline in Africa at SKYTRAX World Airline Award as voted by passengers and we will not relent in our continuous efforts to offer our customers the best possible travel experience.”
He continued, “I would like to thank Skytrax for this recognition and our valued customers for their strong vote of confidence. As always, we shall maintain our resolve to exceed their expectations and provide the best possible travel experience every time they fly with us. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate my colleagues at Ethiopian for their exceptional commitment and hard work to keep our airline flying high in the skies.”
Commenting on the Awards, the Chief Executive Officer, Skytrax, Edward Plaisted said, “Passengers have voted Ethiopian Airlines Africa’s premier carrier for a second successive year and this is a simply fabulous achievement for the airline management and frontline staff.”
Being the largest airline in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce again that it has been crowned “Best African Airline” at Arabian Travel Awards 2018, the second edition of Arabian Travel Awards, held in Duba this year. The winners of the award were determined based on the votes of travelers.
Regarding the award, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines remarked, “We are honored to have been voted the ‘Best African Airline’ at the Arabian Travel Awards 2018, a testimony that our product and services are meeting the high expectations of customers from the Middle East. Ethiopian currently flies to 12 destinations in the Middle East and thrice daily from Dubai with ultramodern aircraft, connecting travelers from the Middle East to over 60 destinations in Africa and over 115 worldwide. In line with our long-term growth plan, Vision 2025, we will continue to invest in expanding our ultramodern fleet and global destinations ultimately creating even better connectivity options for travelers around the world in general and the Middle East in particular.”
The Arabian Travel Awards recognize and encourage the talent in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors under different categories such as Airlines, Cruise companies, Hotels, Travel Technology Providers, Travel Insurance Facilitators, B2B Travel Portals, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, and Holiday companies, among others. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
In another development, Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it has won the Aviation 100 “Africa Lease Deal of the Year 2018” award by Airline Economics Magazine during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner. The Aviation 100 awards recognize aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals, closed in the last 12 months. Winners of the Aviation 100 awards are decided by an industry-wide survey, a rigorous vetting process and editorial consideration.
Commenting on the award, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are happy to receive this award from Airline Economics. It’s for the first time that the Japanese financing system, JOLCO, financed an aircraft deal with an African airline. JOLCO availed financing for our A350 aircraft. The deal shows the strong confidence of reputed global financiers in the Ethiopian balance sheet and business plan.”
It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines had received the Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year award in 2017 by Airline Economics. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning carrier crowned with Four Star certification by SKYTRAX last year, Airline of the Year awards by AFRAA as well as multiple accolades for its outstanding passenger and cargo transport services.
Ethiopian Rolls Out Stopover Packages to Promote Tourism, Resume Mogadishu flights.
Ethiopian Airlines has stated that beginning from August 1, 2018, it has rolled out stopover packages without any additional airfare that cater for all leisure needs with a view to promote tourism into Ethiopia.
According to the airline passengers traveling through Addis Ababa and continuing their journey to one of the destinations on Ethiopian network can now take advantage of stopover offerings from Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator wing of Ethiopian Airlines, enabling them to discover and experience the many historical, cultural, religious and natural treasures of Ethiopia, Land of Origins.
It further explained that an online e-visa service for processing stopover visa is available for all international visitors to Ethiopia at https://www.evisa.gov.et/ .
The packages, the airline said includes sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, to visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum, the stunning medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the amazing 9th century mosques of Harar, the majestic castles of Gondar, the stunning source of the Blue Nile, the jaw-dropping Simien Mountains, the splendor of the lake side resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch, or the unique coffee farms of Kaffa, birth place of coffee, and much… much more.
Speaking on the packages, the Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said, “Ethiopian is working with all stakeholders in the tourism chain to make Ethiopia a tourism destination of choice. With its many riches, the world has yet to truly discover Ethiopia and tourism has the potential to become the main foreign currency generator for the country and a mass job creator for the youth. With the stopover packages, we aim to attract a significant portion of our transit customers in Addis as tourists and to considerably enhance the flow of tourism into the country.”
The stopover packages are easily accessible on the airline’s website, www.ethiopianairlines.com and will pop-up as an option when passengers book flights transiting thru Addis Ababa, or can directly be accessed at Ethiopian Holidays website: www.ethiopianholidays.com.
|Also, Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce the resumption of its flight to Mogadishu, Somalia, effective 2 November 2018.
Regarding the resumption of the Mogadishu flights, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said: “It gives us a great pleasure to resume flights to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia after stopping the service over four decades ago. I wish to express my gratitude to the Governments of Ethiopia and Somalia for making the resumption of these flights possible. The flights will play a significant role in strengthening the people-to-people and economic ties between the two neighborly and sisterly countries. The flights will also enable the important Somali Diaspora in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa to travel to their homeland via Addis Ababa thanks to our global network of over 116 international destinations. Our flights will quickly grow to multiple daily flights given the huge volume of traffic between the two sisterly countries and the significant traffic between Somalia and the rest of the world.” The resumption of the service to Somalia came 41 years after Ethiopian Airlines Group stopped its route to Mogadishu in the 1970s.