Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest African airline, is pleased to announce that it has won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2016 during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held on May 11, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The award was presented to Ethiopian in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.
Commenting on the award, Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer Ethiopian Airlines, said, “We are pleased to win the ‘African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’, which is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world. It is also a recognition of the visionary leadership of Ethiopian management and the hard work of thousands of Ethiopian employees who work hard to keep our beloved airline shining in the skies. On behalf of the Ethiopian Executive Management and myself, I would like to thank African Aviation for the recognition.”
Presenting the award, Nick Fadugba, CEO African Aviation, remarked, “Ethiopian Airlines continues to set the pace through its tangible achievements and is a source of great pride to Africa. In addition, ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.”
Echoing Tassew, Solomon Bekele, Country Manager of Ethiopian Airlines in the Philippines said, “This award is a nod to Ethiopian Airlines’ dedication and commitment to excellence in providing the best air travel to and from Africa. We are greatful for the recognition.”
“Even more, we are excited to share these standards that have been recognized by the African Aviation to more Filipino travelers and as we continue to see their growing interest in exploring Ethiopia and neighboring African destinations,” Bekele added.
Ethiopian Airlines started its service to Manila in July 2015 and now flies four times weekly, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with stopovers in Bangkok.
Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award winning airline, including “Best Airline to Africa”, for a second year in a row, and “Best Airline in Africa” by one of the most prominent travel magazines in the United States – Premier Traveler, the APEX Passenger Choice Award, the most extensive survey of passengers in the industry, CAPA Airline of the Year Award, AFRAA Airline of the year award, for the fourth year in a row, are few to mention.