Ethiopian Airlines: Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing Airline in Africa, celebrated its 75th anniversary on 8th April 2021 – the day it made its maiden international flight to Cairo.
Since then, the Airline has overcome the ups and downs of the aviation industry, including the challenges unique to Africa, to become Africa’s largest, most profitable, and award-winning Airline.
Ethiopian Airline kicks off a year-long celebration under the theme “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence”.
75 years ago today,in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines operated its 1st scheduled flight with Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft from Addis Ababa to Cairo via Asmara.Happy 75th anniversary to our valued customers & all hard working employees who made the airline shine high in the sky. #ET75 pic.twitter.com/WEnvR0ZEPH
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) April 8, 2021
On the occasion, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said:
“As we celebrate 75 years of excellence, we take stock of our accomplishments over three-quarters of a century. Among the many firsts introduced by Ethiopian are the first Jet aircraft in Africa, the first East Africa to West Africa scheduled flight, the first airline from the Western Hemisphere to fly to China, the first scheduled service between the capitals of the most populous nations in the world (from New Delhi to Beijing), the first airline in Africa to introduce the B767, B777-200LR, B787(the Dreamliner) and later on the A350 to Africa. Today, our industry faces a serious challenge posed by COVID-19. The route we chose to overcome this challenge is to tighten our belts, change the way we do business and be agile. We remain the only commercial airline that has not sought government bailout and did not lay off a single employee. I would like to take this opportunity to cement our commitment to sustainable aviation and continue to work with all stakeholders to enhance Africa’s air connectivity. While congratulating all Ethiopian families, I would like to thank our esteemed customers for their strong vote of confidence, their loyalty, and support.’’
Ethiopian attributes its success to the four pillars of its growth strategy – human resource development, modern fleet, infrastructure development, and technology. It will continue to focus on these pillars with renewed emphasis on sustainability and will also continue partnering with other African airlines and governments to create a robust, competitive airline industry in Africa by sharing its technical and management expertise.
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