Beyond The Horizon, Ethiopian Airlines Honours Women In Aviation

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Empowering Women At The Heart Of Ethiopian Airlines Group Operations

Addis Ababa, March 8, 2024Ethiopian Airlines Group, a global aviation brand and a leading force in African aviation, marked International Women’s Day with a vibrant and empowering celebration. The event, held at the Skylight Hotel, brought together esteemed guests, high-ranking government officials, ambassadors, and remarkable women from Ethiopian Airlines.

Under the theme of Empowering Women: Connecting Africa, the celebration highlighted the invaluable contributions of women in the aviation sector. Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, expressed pride in the airline’s commitment to gender equality. He acknowledged the pivotal role played by female professionals within the organization, emphasizing that they are not just part of the airline but are actively shaping its legacy.

A significant moment during the celebration was the all-women-operated flight from Addis Ababa to London Heathrow. This groundbreaking flight was commanded by Captain Kalkidan Girma, a trailblazer in her own right. Her leadership exemplified Ethiopian Airlines’ dedication to promoting equal gender opportunity and diversity.

Zenebework G/Tsadik, Group VP of Human Capital Management, echoed this commitment. She emphasized the airline’s inclusive work environment, where women play pivotal roles across various areas of operation. Ethiopian Airlines’ celebration was not only about recognizing past achievements but also inspiring future generations of women in aviation.

Ethiopian Airlines’ bold celebration on International Women’s Day showcased excellence, empowerment, and the spirit of progress. As the airline continues to soar, it remains committed to fostering an environment where women thrive and contribute significantly to the aviation industry.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group (Ethiopian) is the fastest-growing airlines brand globally and the continent’s largest airline brand. In its seventy-seven years of successful operations, Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline, has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet category consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate most of these aircraft. Having achieved its strategic plan (Vision 2025) ahead of time, Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2035 that will see it become one of the top 20 most competitive and leading aviation groups in the world by providing safe, secured, market driven and customer focused Passenger and Cargo Transport and Logistics, Aviation Training, Airport Management and Ground Services, MRO and Aerospace Manufacturing and Travel and Tourism Services. As a multi-award-winning airline, Ethiopian has been the champion in various coveted awards including Skytrax’s ‘Best Airline in Africa Award’ for six consecutive years among others. The airline has been a Star Alliance member since 2011 and has been registering more than threefold growth in the past 10 years.

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