Soaring Through Time, Ethiopian Airlines’ 78-Year Legacy


From Humble Beginnings To Aviation Giants

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest airline, proudly commemorated its 78th anniversary, a testament to nearly eight decades of resilience and innovation since its inception in 1946. They’ve continued soaring into more years of operations, stamping a commendable print in the aviation world.

On this momentous occasion, Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mesfin Tassew and Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Lemma Yadecha personally accompanied the crew on a flight to Cairo. Their involvement extended beyond in-flight duties; they also provided assistance to passengers during check-in and boarding processes, ensuring a seamless travel experience. This flight symbolized not only a tribute to their past but also a reaffirmation of their commitment to the ethos of servant leadership.

Since their humble beginning in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines has evolved into an aviation giant in Africa. They pioneered African aviation, introducing numerous innovations along the way. Their unwavering commitment to passengers remains at the heart of their operations. As they mature beautifully, their commitment only grows stronger.

In line with the Airline’s values of community engagement, passengers received Seasons Greeting Packages and Happy Fasting Messages. These tangible tokens reflected their respect for diverse traditions. The packages included a postcard commemorating the anniversary, serving as a reminder of their enduring legacy.

Their mission extends beyond transportation, as emphasized by CCO Lemma Yadecha. “We strive to foster a sense of unity and belongingness among our passengers, regardless of their background or belief. This anniversary is a celebration of unity and diversity. By stepping into the roles of our dedicated ground and flight crew, we honour every individual who has been part of our story. Today’s service is a promise of continued excellence for all our passengers.”

Celebrating its 78th anniversary, Ethiopian Airlines continues to set industry standards with its commitment to innovation, safety, and customer satisfaction. Upholding their mission to bridge Africa with the world, while remaining dedicated to enhancing passenger experience. As evidence of this commitment, they’re considering offering complimentary Wi-Fi to Cairo-bound travellers.

In this remarkable journey, Ethiopian Airlines has doubled its fleet and destinations, becoming Africa’s largest carrier. Their legacy of distinguished servant leadership propels them forward, and they look ahead to many more years of soaring together.

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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. For more at:

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