• Ethiopian Airlines Group Awarded 4 Star Ranking by SKYTRAX

    Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded SKYTRAX 4 Star certification at a special ceremony held in London on November 8, 2017.

    SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, operates certified airline rating, a global airline standards ranking program. Ratings are determined through direct and professional auditing and analysis of quality of service standards.

    While receiving the certificate, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “The 4 Star recognition by SKYTRAX is a significant milestone in the long history of Ethiopian Airlines. As a customer focused airline, it is extremely gratifying that our hard work to ensure high level of customer satisfaction at all times through a consistent delivery of global standard product and superior level of service has borne fruit.

    4 Star Airline certification is one of the overarching goals and a critical successor factor of our 15 years strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. Although we have been receiving many prestigious awards from all corners of the world for our superior customer services on the ground and in the air, this rating certifies the global standards of our products and service delivery through professional audits. I wish to thank all the hardworking 12,000+ members of the Ethiopian family for this great success.

    At the same time, this prestigious rating reminds us all that SKYTRAX 4-Star Rating is a great honor and also a great responsibility to always meet the high expectations of our esteemed customers”

    Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award winning airline and has previously received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, two times and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa.

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  • Africa’s First Ethiopian B787-9 Lands at Africa’s Spice Island, Zanzibar


    Africa’s First Ethiopian B 787-9 at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

    November 2, 2017

    History was in the making when Africa’s first Ethiopian B787-9 landed at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on November 1st, 2017.

    Ethiopian deployed this state-of-the-art fleet to Zanzibar as part of its commitment to serve Africa, its home market, with the most advanced and latest technology aircraft the industry has to offer.

    With its commercial tagline of Bringing Africa Together and Beyond, Ethiopian has been at the forefront in connecting African countries through its efficient global network; thereby enhancing regional integration, social and commercial cooperation among African states.

    Ethiopian service to Zanzibar would greatly contribute in easy movement of tourists to/from the city. Currently, Ethiopian Airlines is operating daily to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro. As of December 2017,

    Ethiopian will commence thrice weekly direct flight; every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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  • Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Celebrate Delivery of First 787-9 Dreamliner

    Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the 787-9

    Dreamliner carries much-needed medical equipment and supplies to Ethiopia

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787-9. Ethiopian is leasing the Dreamliner through an agreement with AerCap.

    Ethiopian's newest 787 touched down in Addis Ababa following a non-stop 8,354 mile (13,444 km) delivery flight from Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility. Ethiopian becomes the first carrier in Africa to operate the 787-9 and extends a tradition of setting aviation milestones. Ethiopian became Africa's first carrier to fly the 787-8 in 2012, and similarly introduced the 777-200LR (Longer Range), 777-300ER (Extended Range) and 777 Freighter.

    "We are proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting-edge 787-9 into our young and fast growing fleet," said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "Today, the 787 is the core of our fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in the latest technology airplanes is part of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer complete on-board comfort. We will continue to invest in the most advanced aircraft to give our customers the best possible travel experience."

    The 787 Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today. Since 2011, more than 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial services, flying almost 200 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.

    "AerCap is very proud to deliver to Ethiopian Airlines their first 787-9 aircraft, as the airline continues to lead the way in African aviation," said AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs. "The 787-9 will complement Ethiopian's existing fleet of 787-8 aircraft, bringing further operational efficiencies and scope to enhance their existing network. We thank our friends and partners at Ethiopian Airlines for their continued confidence in AerCap and wish them every success as they continue to optimize their fleet."

    "We are pleased to see the 787-9 enter into Ethiopian's growing Boeing fleet," said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president sales for Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Russia & Central Asia Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 787-9 will further enhance the Ethiopian network with its incredible range and capacity."

    Ethiopian Airlines conducted its 32nd Humanitarian Delivery Flight as part of the 787-9 delivery. In conjunction with the non-profit Seattle Alliance Outreach, Ethiopian transported goods donated by medical organizations in the U.S. to Black Lion Hospital and St. Paul Hospital in Ethiopia.

    "We are very happy to continue our longstanding partnership with Boeing to deliver medical equipment and supplies to public hospitals in Ethiopia, which benefit the society at-large," said GebreMariam. "This is our 32nd humanitarian flight over the course of the last few years. No airline has provided such sustained support to the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the African continent. It is a testament to our commitment to serve the community as a responsible corporate organization."

    Ethiopian Airlines operates a Boeing fleet of 737, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service and six 777 and two 757-200 airplanes in cargo operations.

    For more information about this press release, please contact:
    Mrs. Hanna Atnafu
    Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines
    Tel :( 251-1)517-89-07/656/165/913/529

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  • Louvres Hotel Group,Signed Its 3rd Hotel In Ethiopia

    Louvres Hotel Group, number one hotel group in East Africa, signed its 3rd hotel in Ethiopia, pursuing the expansion of an ambitious network covering sub-Saharan African metropolitan areas.

    Already present in 8 Sub-Saharan African countries, with 17 hotels comprising a total of 2,300 rooms under its Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip, and Royal Tulip brands, Louvre Hotels Group continues its growth strategy by reinforcing itself on the Ethiopian market.

    The 5-star Hotel in ADAMA

    Is one of the first sites outside capital cities, being present in major cities of Ethiopia is the demonstration of the group willing to go a step ahead in the development of its brands. Adama’s location on the highway that relies on Addis to Djibouti and the surrounding offer of restaurants and clubs in the vicinity justify the choice of this particular location. The site also profits from its quiet location at the recreational side at the Rift Valley.

    “For the last year we have been pursuing a very ambitious expansion plan, opening one hotel per quarter and signing one new deal each semester, this plan reflects our trust in the hospitality business potential in East Africa, but not only, it also reflects the trust investors are putting in our ability as operator to accompany them in the fructification of their assets. We are treasured with investors which have the ability to share our values they do, dare and dream” explains Alain Sebah, President Golden Tulip for French-Speaking Africa and East Africa.

    During this year Louvre Hotels Group continued to boost its international presence. The most impressive acquisition happened in South Asia, keeping up with the region’s constantly growing leisure and business tourism. The group became a majority stakeholder in Sarovar Hotels, an Indian company made up of 75 hotels on the premium, mid-range and budget sectors.

    In the African continent, the group penetrated the Ugandan market with a new hotel in Kampala and inaugurated yet another in Cotonou, both under the Golden Tulip Brand. Early 2018 the refurbishment of the historical hotel La Croix du Sud in Dakar is due to open under Golden Tulip flag. In Comoros Islands, the group secured a new deal for a Resort & Spa hotel. Many other projects are currently under development or construction in the region. In fact, some twelve hotels are planned for 2018, enabling the group to double its presence.

    “ Our company is proud to work with such respected Brand Golden Tulip to bring a Conference Business to our beloved Country especially in our vibrant Business City – Adama and also provision the generation on the technology transfer and advancement ”states Mr. Bezu Beyen – President of Gende Import & export, the hotel’s owners.

    Gonde & Golden Tulip partnership was monitored thanks to Ozzie Hospitality Management Group – Mr. Kumneger Teketel, Managing Director Ozzie Hospitality, who negotiate and consult the developer, said that Ethiopia will soon be a great MICE Destination for Africa and Ethiopia got vibrant Business City all over the Main Regional Cities like Adama that boost the conference and leisure business.

    The number of tourists welcomed across the African continent has more than doubled over the past fifteen years, increasing from 26 million to 56 million in 2014, according to the Tourist Investment and Business Forum for Africa.

    Hotel guests and the travel agent will also be able to benefit from Louvre Group’s ongoing royalty programs – Ambassador’s Club and Flavors Club, which enables members to earn reward points which are redeemable at all Louvre Group properties worldwide. 

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  • Ethiopian Topped Industry and Customer Choice Awards as the Rising Star Carrier of the Year

    Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest cargo operator and logistics center in Africa, has been crowned as the Rising Star Carrier of the Year both in industry and customer choice awards on Payload Asia Awards 2017 gala dinner and awards ceremony, held at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore.

    Payload Asia magazine, a respected voice of the air cargo industry, honours excellence in the air cargo industry with more than 90 nominations competing for 20 awards categories and more than 25,000 online votes in the Customer Choice Awards; with the results ultimately audited by an independent auditing firm, Alpes Assurance.

    Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked: “We are glad that Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is recognized as The Rising Star Carrier of the Year for the third year in a row.

    As one of the strategic business units under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has been one of the success stories in the effective implementation of our ambitious plan set in our long-term strategic road map, Vision 2025: currently operating in a state of the art cargo terminal, capable of accommodating 1 million tons per annum, flying to 44 global freighter destinations using the most modern fleet, B777 freighter.

    Supporting export of perishables and import of high value goods of the booming Ethiopian Economy and the entire African continent, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services is playing a vital roles in the growth of trade, investment and economic integration.

    Infrastructure development being one of the four pillars of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we have embarked building the second phase, Cargo Terminal III, which will add another 600,000 tones annual capacity and position Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services among the world’s largest cargo terminals equivalent to cargo terminals in Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi, or Hong Kong. Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate our Cargo team for the job well done and encourage them to achieve more success”.

    Ethiopian is multi award winning airline: Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year by Airline Economics Magazine , SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa, Best Airline Staff in Africa; AFRAA- Best Airline in Africa – 5 years in a row, Best Airline to Africa”, for a second year in a row, “Best Airline in Africa” by US Premier Traveler magazine; Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for the 6th Year in a Row; Passenger Choice Awards for "Best Airline in Africa for the third time in a row; Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa by Pax International Magazine.

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  • Is Safaricom Entering the Ethiopian Market?

    Safaricom has denied reports of the company entering into the Ethiopian market.

    The Kenyan telco had been said to be gearing up for its first venture abroad, with reports that it was in negotiations with the Ethiopian government for a stake in state-owned monopoly Ethio Telecom.

    “We wish to categorically state that we are not engaged in any conversations with Ethio Telecom on this matter. Any information to the contrary is completely inaccurate,” CEO Bob Collymore told The EastAfrican.

    Ethiopian media reported last week that the government had opened discussions with Safaricom on the sale of half of the shares of Ethio Telecom.

    Other reports indicated that Safaricom was discussing a mobile money partnership with an Ethiopian bank.

    Ethio Telecom offers slow, expensive, and unreliable phone and Internet services.

    Kenya’s Principal Secretary in-charge of ICT Victor Kyalo said he had seen a tweet about the transaction.

    “It is not clear whether it is Safaricom or Vodacom. I tried to check, but nobody seems to know any information. If they have, they seem to be guarding it,” Mr Kyalo told The EastAfrican. The Kenyan government owns 40 per cent of Safaricom.

    Last week, Ethiopian satellite broadcaster Esat reported that both the sale of Ethio Telecom shares to Safaricom and the sale of the Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel to Ethiopian-born Saudi tycoon Sheikh Mohamnmed Hussien Alamoudi, the 159th richest man in the world according to Forbes, were part of the authorities efforts to ease the forex crunch in the country and tackle indebtedness.

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