Ethiopia Airlines received a courtesy visit from former South African President,
H.E Mr. Thabo Mbeki, a loyal and esteemed customer of the airline, on February 19,
2014 at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.
H.E. President Thabo Mbeki visited Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which is certified
by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority as well as the United States Federal Aviation
Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, and provides pilot, technician,
cabin crew, marketing, finance and leadership training not just for Ethiopian but
for the continent. Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the premier African aviation training
institution availing international standard aviation training to the continent.
Per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, Ethiopian invested 55 million US $ in last
3 years alone on the Academy, which has now an annual intake capacity of 1,000 students.
The former President also toured the maintenance facility of the airline, which
provides aircraft maintenance support to numerous airlines across the continent
and beyond on the Boeing family and Bombardier aircraft.
The former President praised the work being done by Ethiopian, an African institution
that is contributing its part in bringing the continent together and serving as
a vehicle for its renaissance.
"We are highly honored to welcome H.E. President Mbeki, a very good customer
of Ethiopian, at our headquarters in Addis Ababa. We share his great Pan-Africanist
vision, and are doing our part in the realization of the African Union’s vision
of a peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa", said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier serving 79 international destinations
across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology
aircraft such as the B777s and B787s.
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 79 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 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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