Ethiopian sweeps awards as Rwandair wins category
LAGOS, NIGERIA-Ethiopian Airlines had a good night at the Africa Travel Awards when it sept a host of categories.
Africa’s leading Airline Ethiopian Airlines while the award for Best Short Haul Airline in Africa went to Rwandair.
Ethiopian Airlines took home four of the 6 Airline Awards on offer at the dinner attended by the leading lights in Africa Travel and Tourism landscape.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality from Zimbabwe Anastasia Ndlovu was the Guest of Honour. Officials from Nigeria and travel professionals from 16 countries were in attendance at the dinner graced by the beautiful Carnival Calabar dancers.
Ethiopian Airlines won Best Airline in Africa, The Best Economy Class in Africa, The Best Business Class in Africa and the Best in-flight entertainment in Africa.
The Awards were received by The General Manager Nigeria Solomon Begashaw who led other ET managers to receive the Awards.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-african passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
Meanwhile, AFI KLM E&M and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a long-term component services contract covering a fleet of 28 Boeing Next-generation 737 aircraft. The contract is placed in the framework of the Component Services Program (CSP), the exclusive program operated jointly by AFI KLM E&M and Boeing for 737 component support. Ethiopian will thus be able to count on all-round support for its operations, including part repairs and fast-track access to the 737 spares pool.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider.
With a workforce of over 14,000, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, aero structure and FTR support, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 1,500 aircraft operated by 200 major international and domestic airlines.
WELCOME: Ethiopian Airlines topped four categories including ‘Best Airline in Africa’ last week.