EthiopianPress Release

Addis Ababa, EthiopiaEthiopian Airlines is proud to announce that it has been selected as an “Official Carrier of the 50sup anniversary celebration of the Organization of the African Unity – African Union“. The celebration started in April 2013 and will last for one year.

The Memorandum of Understanding designating Ethiopian as Official Carrier of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations was signed between H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Mr. Esayas Woldemariam, Acting Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Global Sales of Ethiopian at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, 7 May 2013.

“We are very proud to be selected as an official carrier for the historic golden Jubilee celebration of the Organization of African Unity – African Union. Our main hub, Addis Ababa, is the political and diplomatic capital of Africa and Pan-Africanism is part and parcel of our corporate DNA. For close to seven decades, we have been manifesting our Pan-Africanist creed by serving as a presidential airline for newly independent African countries in the early 1960s; by bringing Africa together and closer to the world in good and bad times; by promoting Africa throughout the world; by always being an aviation technology leader in the continent; and by providing training and aviation services to sisterly African airlines.

Ethiopian and the African Union have been working together, for five decades, towards the shared objective of an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa that takes its rightful place on the global stage. Today, thanks to the work of the African Union and indigenous African airlines like Ethiopian, the African Renaissance is here,” said Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.

As an official carrier, Ethiopian will support and promote the many activities planned throughout the continent in connection with the milestone anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity – African Union, under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance“.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 72 international destinations spanning four continents.

Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.

Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won “Airline Reliability Performance Award” from the Bombardier Aerospace; “African Airline of the Year Award” from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine; “Transformation Award 2012” from Planet Africa Network; “International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality” from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR). Also Captain Desta Zeru, Vice-President of Flight Operations, won “Africa Legend of Travel” award from African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine; and Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, won “African CEO of the year” from the African CEO Forum as well as “African Business Leader of the Year” award from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).