Ethiopian Airlines celebrates its 70th Anniversary

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 8 - Ethiopian Airlines celebrated 70 years of dedicated and highly successful air transport with its strong mission of bringing Africa together and closer to the world. Ethiopian Airlines made its first scheduled international passenger service to Cairo using the Douglas Sky train. Today, along with their Star Alliance partners, Ethiopian commands the lion's share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network to 92 international destinations across five continents, operating the youngest and most modern fleet that includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 double cabin.

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."

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 with the aim of becoming the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centres: 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 has registered an average growth of 25% in the past seven years and received a number of awards.

-- Sara Macías