|Ethiopian commences flights to Singapore - 05 December, 2013|
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing Airline in Africa, announces the commencement
of a new flight services to Singapore at the inaugural ceremony held at Bole International
Airport, Ministerial Salon on December 03, 2013. The event was graced by H.E. Mr.
Getachew Mengistie, State Minister of Transport of the FDRE, H.E. Mr. Tadesse Haile,
State Minister of Industry, H.E Mr. Lee Yi Shan, Senior Minister of State for Trade
and Industry of Singapore, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and
other invited guests.
Singapore is one of the major global aviation hubs and a preferred gateway to
Asia and Australia. Ethiopian flights will serve the growing traffic between Africa
and Singapore, and is perfectly timed to give the best possible connectivity options
to passengers travelling between most points in Australia/Asia and Africa in partnership
with fellow Star member, Singapore Airlines.
Left to right: The CEO Tewolde G. Mariam, H.E Getachew Mengistie, H.E Mr.
Lee Yi Shan
and H.E. Tadesse Haile cutting cake marking the opening
of services to Singapore
With the start of Ethiopian flights, passengers will be able to enjoy smooth
and seamless connection between destinations in Australia such as Sydney and Melbourne,
and all the major Cities in Africa such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Luanda
and Johannesburg with minimum layovers.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian said: "Singapore
is a major and preferred gateway to Asia and Australia. That is why we have decided
to make Singapore our main strategic point of access to the Oceania market and its
huge Ethiopian/African Diaspora Community by availing excellent connectivity options
through our code-share agreement with Fellow Star Alliance member, Singapore Airlines.
Our flights to Singapore will also greatly contribute to the strengthening of trade,
investment, and tourism ties between a booming Africa and a highly developed, innovative,
and business-friendly Singapore." Ethiopian will be the first East African carrier
to start services to Singapore, which will become the airline’s 78th international
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning carrier having received in 2013 the Passenger
Choice Award as "Best Airline in Africa" and the SKTRAX Award for "Best Staff Service
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 78 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200LR, 777-300LRs 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 Services. Ethiopian is a multiaward winning
airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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