Ethiopian is pleased to announce that, starting from 1 January 2013, it will relocate its operation at the Beijing International Airport from Terminal 2 to, the new and state-of-the-art, Terminal 3. Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam said "This move is part of the Star Alliance strategy of bringing all members of the alliance under one roof so as to avail a seamless travel experience to customers by further simplifying and shortening connection times throughout the Star Alliance network within China and in the region". Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine and Sheba Miles gold passengers will now get access to Air China Lounge and will have better connections to flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines such as Air China (Domestic and International), Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Egypt Air, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. Customers may also earn as high as 30,784 miles from Africa to China and even more miles when connecting to other flights of Star Alliance carriers operating from the Terminal. About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 70 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries. Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award" for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine. With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.