April 11, 2016
Ethiopian Airlines celebrated its 70 years of dedicated and highly successful air transport services to, from and within the continent of Africa on April 8, 2016. Parallely, the airline also crossed a milestone in India with 45 years of operations from Mumbai and 30 years from Delhi. Recently the airline also announced the launch of its double daily flights from Delhi.
Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam, said “Seventy years is a long time, but Ethiopian is still young, strong, forward looking and ready to contribute its own share of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena in line with the African Union agenda 2063.”
Every single day, Ethiopian Airlines operates 240 flights with an efficiently designed network of connectivity through our main hub in Addis Ababa with 76 aircraft in service. Along with Star Alliance partners, Ethiopian Airlines covers the entire world.
The fast, profitable and sustainable growth we have registered in the last 10 years has made us the largest, most profitable and fastest growing airline on our continent. We operate Africa’s largest cargo service, largest and most advanced Aviation Academy and best MRO services.
“The billions of dollars we invested in our modern fleet, aviation infrastructure, human resource development and operating systems are a testimony that shows Ethiopian is positioned in a solid foundation to scale up the growth in its Vision 2025. With the next generation advanced fleet of B-787 Dreamliners, Airbus A-350 and the B-737 MAX, we are very excited to continue to lead the 21st century aviation development in the continent of Africa.
We have been competing and winning every business of our customers in the hyper competitive global airline industry in the last 70 years, and we are prepared to do so now more than ever in the past. We thank our more than 7 million annual passengers for their strong vote of confidence in choosing to fly with us and for their loyalty and support, “Mr. Tewolde elaborated.
Ethiopian Airlines, Regional Director India Sub Continent, Mr. Tadesse Tilahun, said, “ Seventy years is a long time for the airline that was conceptualized in the year 1946. However, 20 years later in 1966 it commenced operation into Delhi and India has always been one of its focused markets. The Airline is operating into Mumbai from the year 1971 and we are highly excited as Ethiopian Airline’s 70th Anniversary has coincided with 30th and 45th years of Delhi and Mumbai operations respectively.”