March 9, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and the leading Pan-African Airline has successfully landed its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Kaduna International Airport on March 8, 2017.
The operation, which was graced by the attendance of Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has made Ethiopian the only foreign carrier to land in Kaduna Airport.
Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarks, “Our daily services to Kaduna airport, with B-787 Dreamliner, allowing passengers to experience the ultimate on-board comfort, is the only international air transport service linking the capital Abuja with the rest of the world. We are happy to stand together with our Nigerian brothers and sisters once again in good and challenging times. Ethiopian Airlines is a pioneer Pan-African carrier which serves as a catalyst in African integration for the African union. Seventy years serving the continent of Africa, we are still very strong in our motto, Bringing Africa together and closer to the world.
We now proudly serve Nigeria in its four cities: Kaduna and Lagos- daily each, Kano twice weekly and Enugu thrice weekly. And as a result, we are proud to see Nigerians enjoying seamless connections to the rest of the world via Ethiopian for their travels of business and other purposes.”
Ethiopian also provides Nigerians with services on aviation professional training in its largest and the most advanced aviation academy on top of deploying the A350, B787 Dreamliner and the B777 wide body fleets.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet 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 called Vision 2025 that will see it 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 is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.