Ethiopian Airlines wins Best Regional Airline in the world award
Ethiopian Airlines won the Best Regional Airline of the Year award on Wednesday last week (February 25). The award was given by Air Transport World (ATW) at the 41st annual Air Transport World Airline Industry Achievement Awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. The awards, among the most coveted in the aviation industry, were created in 1974 and are voted by airline journalists. Accepting the award, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said:”I would like to thank the ATW Board and management for honoring us with this prestigious award. It is a special privilege for me to accept the award on behalf of the employees, management and the board of Ethiopian Airlines.” He said the award was a testimony to the commitment and dedication of the more than 8,500 employees, and it would encourage the Airline “to double our efforts to earn the confidence of all our stakeholders with laser sharp focus on delivering superior customer services.” The award noted that Ethiopian Airlines which is now the most profitable and largest airline in Africa based on fleet size and passengers numbers, had shown outstanding capability in its efficient use of smaller aircraft and skillfully developing markets that are not part of its mainline international airline network. It was also praised for the first-rate safety standards and consistent high standards of customer service to its over six million passengers in 2014. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates the youngest fleet in Africa and flies to 84 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures. It is in the process of implementing a 15-year strategic plan, Vision 2025, through its seven strategic business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. It has won a number of awards including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has registered an average growth of 25% a year for the last seven years.