Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa and a multi-award winning airline, registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in its efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo networks, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and the Bombardier Q-400 double cabin, all with an average age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan entitled “Vision 2025” that will see the company become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.
Ethiopian currently connects North American with Africa from three gateways:
- Washington Dulles Airport ( IAD ) Everyday flight ( Non- Stop to Addis Ababa)
- Los Angeles Airport ( LAX) –Three times a week with a traffic right in Dublin Ireland. It makes Ethiopian the only non-stop airline connecting Los Angeles with Dublin, Ireland.
- Toronto ( YYZ) Airport – Three Times a Week
Recently Ethiopian announced that it will operate an All-Women Functioned Flight on November 19, 2015 on the Addis Ababa-Bangkok route. This historic flight is aimed at cementing and crystalizing Ethiopian’s conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”, and the first of its kind in Ethiopian’s 70 years of service.
This flight will be operated by an all-female crew led by female flight deck crew members and senior female executive onboard the flight. Onground flight preparations will also be conducted entirely by a female crew, such as Cabin Operations, Airport Operations, Flight Dispatcher, Load Controller, Ramp Operations, On-board Logistics, Aviation Safety and Security, Ticket Offices, Catering, Air Traffic Controllers, and the Global Call Center.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said of the extraordinary flight: “It is a great honor for us to have competent Women Aviation Professionals at Ethiopian in every aspect of the aviation field, which portrays Ethiopian as a gender responsive organization that strives to pursue its underlying stance of being an equal opportunity employer. We are very proud of their achievements and contributions and it is our sincere belief that this will continue with an enhanced magnitude and passion to sustain Ethiopian on its fast growth trajectory.
“Above all, this is an ample opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for Aviation professionals. Women are the continent’s greatest untapped resources, and hereby fully dedicated to ensure the increasing number of women in decision-making positions on top of key operational areas by consistently grooming and mentoring successor female employees for top managerial, technical and operational positions. We invite the whole world to watch our all-female operated long haul flight to and from Bangkok.”
Ethiopian has dedicated its energies into creating more conducive situations for new mothers in its employ, including launching a Nursing Room equipped with modern amenities; comfortable reclining chairs, and refrigerators for the storage of breast milk. New electronic breast pumps are also distributed to new mothers. The fact that female employees comprise 30% of the total Ethiopian employee population signifies Ethiopian’s core value as an equal opportunity employer.
For more information on Ethiopian Airlines, visit them online at www.ethiopianairlines.com.