Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates 78th Anniversary

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 is loaded at the terminal.
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Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest carrier, celebrates its 78th anniversary today, 9 April 2024. It showcases a rich history of resilience and ground breaking achievements since its inception in 1946.

To commemorate this occasion, the airline’s CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, and CCO, Mr. Lemma Yadecha, joined the crew on a special flight to Cairo. This flight mirrored the airline’s inaugural international service.

Their commitment went beyond the typical inflight duties. It extended to assisting passengers during check-in and boarding, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Highlighting the Servant Leadership Ethos

This unique gesture embodied Ethiopian Airlines’ core value of servant leadership. “This event exemplifies our unwavering dedication to our passengers,” stated CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew.

“We believe true leadership lies in prioritizing service to others. Serving on this special Cairo flight isn’t just a tribute to our first international journey, but a reaffirmation of our commitment to this philosophy.”

Ethiopian Airlines has transformed from its humble beginnings in 1946 to become a prominent force in African aviation.

Along the way, the company has pioneered numerous firsts for the continent, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation. As Mr. Tasew eloquently expressed, “As we mature with grace, our commitment strengthens.”

Celebrating Diversity and Community

Upholding its commitment to community engagement, Ethiopian Airlines distributed special packages to passengers.

These “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Fasting Messages” acknowledged the importance of diverse traditions.

The packages also included a commemorative postcard, a tangible reminder of the airline’s enduring legacy.


A Promise of Continued Excellence

Ethiopian Airlines’ CCO, Mr. Lemma Yadecha, emphasized the airline’s dedication to fostering unity and inclusivity. “Our mission extends beyond simply providing transportation,” he declared.

“We aim to cultivate a sense of belonging and togetherness among our passengers, regardless of background or belief. This anniversary is a celebration of both unity and diversity.”

“By stepping into the roles of our ground and flight crew, we pay tribute to every individual who has shaped our story. Today’s service is a promise of sustained service excellence for all our passengers.”

In a further display of dedication, Ethiopian Airlines’ executives actively participated in passenger service. They personally attended to the needs of their valued customers on the flight.

This initiative underscores the airline’s dedication to exceptional travel experiences and its core value of servant leadership.

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Innovation and Growth: A Look Ahead

As Ethiopian Airlines celebrates its 78th anniversary, it continues to be a pioneer in the aviation industry. The carrier has a record of setting high standards for innovation, safety, and customer satisfaction.

True to its mission of connecting Africa to the world, the airline remains committed to enhancing passenger experiences, as evidenced by the consideration of offering complimentary Wi-Fi on flights to Cairo.

About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines Group (Ethiopian) is the world’s fastest-growing airline brand and Africa’s undisputed leader.

Over its successful 77 years of operation, Ethiopian has become a top continental carrier, renowned for its efficiency and operational excellence.

With its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the airline also employs a multi-hub strategy utilizing hubs in Lomé, Togo (ASKY Airlines), Lilongwe, Malawi (Malawi Airlines), and Lusaka, Zambia (Zambia Airways).

Ethiopian boasts the lion’s share of Africa’s passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet across more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

Their fleet features ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900s, and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin models, with an average fleet age of only seven years.

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