Ethiopian Airlines has worn the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2017, for the second year running.
The award was presented at the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Johannesburg, South Africa in recognition of the airline’s continued rapid growth, increased profitability and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa, a statement said.
According to the statement, the airline’s Acting Chief Financial Officer, Mr Meseret Bitew, in his response to the win, attributed the company’s success to the visionary leadership of Ethiopian management and the hard work of employees.
He said, “Mobility and air connectivity being the economic engine of growth and development, we shall continue to play vital roles in connecting African countries with their major trading partners around the world and realize an economically liberal Africa.”
African Aviation CEO, Mr Nick Fadugba, who announced the award, said: “In the past 12 months, Ethiopian Airlines has further expanded its route network, modernized its fleet, inaugurated three new aircraft maintenance hangars, as well as a new world-class in-flight catering facility and has strengthened its airline joint ventures in Africa.
"In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has achieved a record financial turnover and profitability in spite of various industry challenges. Currently, the airline is well on track to exceed the goals of its Vision 2025 Strategy.”
The African Aviation Awards were introduced by African Aviation Magazine in 1999 in Washington DC, USA, in order to give International recognition to individuals, companies and organizations who have made significant contributions to aviation development in Africa. African Aviation, part of African Aviation Services Limited, was established by Nick Fadugba in 1990 to promote aviation development in Africa and facilitate economic and social development across the continent. This year, African Aviation celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its MRO Africa and Air Finance Africa Conferences.