Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa, has achieved yet another remarkable feat, winning the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row.

The award was presented during AFRAA’s 48th Annual General Assembly held this earlier this week, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The AFRAA annual awards recognise excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in airlines, individuals and service providers in the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian Airlines, which has been making great strides towards offering world class aviation services has been applauded  for its outstanding financial performance, technological leadership and investment in modern fuel efficient fleet, exemplary cooperation with other African carriers.

Airbus A350 XWB water cannon salute Photo: Ethiopian Airlines/Twitter
Airbus A350 XWB water cannon salute Photo: Ethiopian Airlines/Twitter

The Airline also won plaudits for significantly expanding its route network in Africa and beyond, growing cargo operations with the largest cargo fleet on the continent and huge investment in MRO and training facilities to support the African Aviation.

Receiving the award, Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said “We are highly honored for this recognition by fellow sisterly airlines in Africa, for the fifth consecutive year. The award underscores the continuous efforts and hard work of Ethiopian employees who are striving day and night to surpass customers’ expectations”.

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“Ethiopian is also grateful to its loyal customers for giving us the opportunity to serve them, for travelling on Ethiopian in great numbers, for their continued feedback and support which, in turn, assisted us in enhancing the airline’s service excellence,” GebreMariam said.

He added, “Although Africa is registering rapid economic and travel growth, this growth is primarily benefiting non-African carriers…we Africans [should] look inwards in the continent to leverage on the available internal resources to create synergy through collaborative partnerships in areas of training, technical and management support”.

“Most of all, realizing one single unified market without any restriction for African airlines is no more an option”.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has continued to expand as competing African airlines are mired in heavy losses. The airline has pursued an aggressive expansion strategy, which has quickly transformed the carrier into the continent’s leading airline, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.