Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable
airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that its Chief Executive Officer, Mr.
Tewolde Gebremariam, has won the 2013 Planet Africa Professional Excellence Award
on 2 November 2013 during a ceremony held at the International Centre in Toronto,
Canada. The award event of 2013 was held under theme “Celebrating the Dream”, in
commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the "I have a Dream speech" of the renowned
American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King. His daughter, Dr. Bernice
King, delivered a keynote speech and received the Legend Award in recognition of
Planet Africa Awards recognizes commendable individuals, businesses and organizations
for their hard work and excellence in leadership demonstrated through visible difference
brought in the lives of people of African heritage globally, especially the young
"I am highly honored to receive this Professional Excellence Award at the ceremony
marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech,
which has inspired and continues to inspire people all over the world. I have dedicated
this award to the 8,000 strong men and women of Ethiopian Airlines family, who are
working hard every day and night to make our Pan-African airline shine high in the
sky and realize its Vision 2025. It is their success. Thanks to their unique commitment
and dedication, and despite the daunting challenges prevailing in our industry,
Ethiopian is registering one of the highest rate of growth and expansion with the
most modern fleet and sound balance sheet", said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian
Airlines upon receiving the award from Planet Africa.
Ethiopian was the recipient of multiple awards in 2013, including as the Best
Airline in Africa from Passenger Choice awards and the Best Staff Service in Africa
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 pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 76 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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