…marks 75th anniversary
Ethiopian Airlines (ET) recently assured passengers in the North and the South of Nigeria of its planned return to Enugu and Kano Airports once the new terminals are officially declared open for operations.
Already on the 6th of April it operated a special flight to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) as part of the gradual process of reopening the Airport.
According to a statement by its General Manager, Nigeria, Shimeles Arage, Ethiopian Airlines is the only International Airline that operates to Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu since it was gazetted as an international airport.
It is also one of the airlines that operate into MAKIA in Kano. “Ethiopian has been operating into Nigeria since 1960 and has stayed with Nigeria during good and difficult times,” the statement noted.
It further explained that when the Abuja Airport was closed for repairs ET was the only international airline that flew to the alternative airport in Kaduna.
“Ethiopian Airlines is eager to provide our passengers with our traditional world class service in the most technically advanced aircraft in the world.
“Ethiopian is the first airline to bring the B787 Dreamliner to all the four major airports in Nigeria. It was also the first to bring the Airbus A350 to Nigeria.
“Before the Covid19 lockdown Ethiopian Airlines operated to four airports in Nigeria. Since the gradual reopening of the airspace in Nigeria only Lagos and Abuja airports were allowed for international flights,” the statement read in part.
With the completion of the new airport terminals and further improvements in COVID-19 situation in Nigeria the Federal Government has announced a phased reopening of Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt Airports for international flights.
Ethiopian Airlines said it will soon announce schedules for flight operations to Enugu and Kano.
In another development, Ethiopian on April 8 marked its 75th Anniversary, disclosing that it made its maiden international flight on April 8, 1946 to Cairo.
Since then, the Airline overcame the ups and downs of the Aviation Industry and the challenges unique to Africa to become Africa’s largest, most profitable and award-winning Aviation Group.
“Ethiopian kicks off a yearlong celebration under the theme “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence,” the Airline announced.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said: “As we celebrate 75 years of excellence, we take stock of our accomplishments over three quarters of a century.
“Among the many firsts introduced by Ethiopian are the first Jet aircraft in Africa, the first East Africa to West Africa scheduled flight, the first airline from the Western Hemisphere to fly to China, the first scheduled service between the capitals of the most populous nations in the world (from New Delhi to Beijing), the first airline in Africa to introduce the B767, B777-200LR, B787(the Dreamliner) and later on the A350 to Africa. Today, our industry faces a serious challenge posed by COVID-19.
“The route we chose to overcome this challenge is to tighten our belt, change the way we do business and be agile.
“We remain the only commercial airline that hasn’t sought government bailout and didn’t lay off a single employee. I would like to take this opportunity to cement our commitment to sustainable aviation and continue to work with all stakeholders to enhance Africa’s air connectivity.
“While congratulating all Ethiopian families, I would like to thank our esteemed customers for their strong vote of confidence, their loyalty and support.’’
Ethiopian attributes its success to the four pillars of its growth strategy. These pillars are human resource development, modern fleet, infrastructure development and technology.
ET said it will continue to focus on these pillars with renewed emphasis on sustainability and that it will also continue partnering with other African airlines and governments to create a robust, competitive airline industry in Africa by sharing its technical and management expertise.