On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Meeting, which is being conducted
in New York, The African Business Award 2013 was held at the Mandarin Oriental New
York on 20 September 2013, in the presence of high profile policymakers and businesspersons.
Ethiopian won the African Business of the Year award. It was recognized for its
exemplary role as an African business model that is effectively harnessing opportunities
and making profits while as the same time registering fast growth, despite the tough
economic times for the global aviation industry.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said, "As a truly Pan-African
business organization, we are honored and feel happy to receive this award, which
recognizes our contribution to the economic development and GDP growth of our great
continent. Africa is on the rise and we are growing together with the continent.
With our extensive and fast expanding passenger and cargo network, which now covers
five continents, and our multiple hub strategy in Africa, which is creating multiple
gateways to the continent, we are serving as a critically essential vehicle for
the flow of tourism and foreign direct investment into the continent."
The African Business Awards is a platform, which celebrates excellence in African
business by recognizing individuals and companies that are driving Africa’s rapidly
transforming economy, and creating new economic opportunities for citizens and communities,
all over the continent.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its
operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s
leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands
the lion share of the panAfrican passenger and cargo network operating the youngest
and most modern fleet to more than 74 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such
as the Boeing 787, 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 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.
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