Ethiopian made its maiden international flight on April 8, 1946 to Cairo. Since then, the airline overcame the ups and downs of the aviation industry and the challenges unique to the continent to become one of Africa’s largest, most profitable and award-winning aviation groups. Ethiopian kicks off a yearlong celebration under the theme ‘Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence’.
Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “As we celebrate 75 years of excellence, we take stock of our accomplishments over three quarters of a century. Among the many firsts introduced by Ethiopian are the first Jet aircraft in Africa, the first East Africa to West Africa scheduled flight, the first airline from the Western Hemisphere to fly to China, the first scheduled service between the capitals of the most populous nations in the world (from New Delhi to Beijing), the first airline in Africa to introduce the B767, B777-200LR, B787(the Dreamliner) and later on the A350 to Africa. Today, our industry faces a serious challenge posed by COVID19. The route we chose to overcome this challenge is to tighten our belt, change the way we do business and be agile. We remain the only commercial airline that has not sought government bailout and did not lay off a single employee. I would like to take this opportunity to cement our commitment to sustainable aviation and continue to work with all stakeholders to enhance Africa’s air connectivity. While congratulating all Ethiopian families, I would like to thank our esteemed customers for their strong vote of confidence, their loyalty and support.’’