In a ceremony held on November 25, 2009 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009. According to NEPAD, Ethiopian was honored as an institution in Africa that contributed to the development of transport infrastructure in the continent in line with the aims and objectives of NEPAD and the African Union. The development of transport infrastructure is seen as an important component and a prelude to regional integration. The contribution of Ethiopian Airlines in facilitating the regional integration through its long standing motto "Bringing Africa Together" and its continuous effort to build modern infrastructure has helped it stand out among its African compatriots.
Dr John Tambi, NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Expert presented the award trophy to Mr. Girma Wake, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian at the gala dinner held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Ethiopian Airlines has currently embarked on rapid growth strategy, investing in various infrastructure developments to support the growing passenger and cargo business. In the last five years, the airline has made huge infrastructural investments. Some of the projects carried out by the airline were the construction of the state-of-the-art Cargo Terminal and Maintenance Hangar as well as the purchase of B737-7/800 New Generation Simulator.
The NEPAD Secretariat launched the annual NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Projects of Excellence Awards to recognize and honor those who have contributed largely to the success of the programme in the Transport Infrastructure sector. NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) was launched in 2001 by the President's of Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa as a vision for the African Renaissance and the continent's renewal.
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946.
In July 2009, Ethiopian won ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ award at African Business Award organized by the London based African Business Magazine and Common Wealth Business Council.
In August 2008, Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.
Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.
Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.
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