Ethiopian sweeps awards as Rwandair wins cat­e­gory

East African Business Week - - TRANSPORT/ADVERT -

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.

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