Press Release

Addis Ababa, EthiopiaEthiopian Airlines the largest in Africa  is pleased to announce the commencement of mobile payment for online ticket purchase in Ethiopia. The option was made possible with the cooperation of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and Flocash an integration system provider.

Ethiopian CBEEthiopian has already implemented since last year  the mobile payment option in some African markets enabling its online customers to book and pay with their local card. This service will now be available in Ethiopia with customers from Ethiopia able to book their trip pay and receive payment confirmation with associated passenger record locater with a single connection.

Advantages of the new one-click service include saving time and money through various discount offers. The new Mobile payment option is user friendly. After selecting their flights at www.ethiopianairlines.com, passengers may choose the CBE Mobile at the payment page. To make payment, they will simply need to use their CBE enabled mobile app to authorize and confirm payment. Ethiopian ticket itinerary will be sent to the customer after a successful payment is made. The service is powered by FloCash – the leading payment provider in Africa.

Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “This Mobile payment service given in coordination with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia heralds a new era of e-commerce and mobile payments in the country by allowing our customers to use local payment options for online ticket purchase. It is part of our grandiose plan called “Mobility”, which aims to use mobile digital channels for enhancing our customers’ experience. In November, we started Mobile SMS information system with access to real-time and personalized information regarding flight information and cargo. Now, we are taking it a step further by availing mobile payment option for on-line purchase in Ethiopia. As a customer service organization, we will continuously work hard to avail to our customers the best possible travel experience both on the ground and on-board.”

Currently, customers in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Cameron, Brazil, and Ethiopia are able to complete their payment using local payment option online, and by the end of this year Senegal, Zambia and Rwanda will also be enabled.

Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 84 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights using the latest technology aircraft such as the B777s and B787s Dreamliner.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. 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 airline group in Africa with seven strategic business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning, including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.

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Ethiopian Airlines
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