For the second year running, Ethiopian Airlines has been named the ‘African Airline of the Year’ at the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Johannesburg.
The award recognises the Addis Ababa-based airline’s continued rapid growth, increased profitability and its contribution to aviation development in Africa. Meseret Bitew, the airline’s acting chief finance officer said the airline was pleased to win the award for the second time in a row, and that it is testimony of its “commitment to serve our loved continent Africa”.
Despite a turbulent year for airlines in Africa, the Ethiopian carrier expanded its route network, modernised its fleet, inaugurated three new aircraft maintenance hangars and introduced a world-class in-flight catering facility. It also achieved a record financial turnover and profitability – up 70% – in spite of many challenges.
Source: Victor Kiprop, The East African