Ethiopian Airlines proudly announces that it took again the title sponsorship of the 2010 Ethiopian Great Run, the biggest road race in Africa. The 10km run set to take place on November 21, 2010.
Great Ethiopian Run officially announced Ethiopian Airlines as a title sponsor of the 2010 Great Ethiopian Run at the ceremony held on 22 July 2010 in Addis Ababa. On the event, Director Advertising and Promotion of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Yeneneh Tekleyes received the 2010 race T-shirt from Athlete Gebregziabher G. Mariam, the renowned Ethiopian long distance runner and world cross country champion. After the official announcement, Mr. Yeneneh said, "Long distance running is close to the heart of Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian has a long history of supporting long distance running and played a significant role in sponsoring young athletes like Haile G. Selassie in their early years of athletics." He added, "This year’s race concedes with the delivery of Ethiopian’s new Boeing 777-200 long range aircraft, the first of its kind for Africa, giving us a reason to celebrate the long distance running culture of Ethiopians with the long range service of Ethiopian Airlines."
The airline has been sponsoring the Great Ethiopian Run as, “Official Airline of the Race” since 2006. For the second year running as a title sponsor, Ethiopian truly displays its affinity to the mass sport and its ongoing commitment to athletics.
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Pointe Noire, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 39 cities in Africa and a total of 59 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.
Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and "Airline of the Year" award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five.
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 ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.