On the heels of its 2017 Skytrax award for Best Airline in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines took home an even bigger crown yesterday…Best International Airline of the Year.
…From the 2nd annual Ghana National Aviation Awards in Accra.
So perhaps we take yesterday’s award with a grain of salt and just discuss Ethiopian Airlines for a moment.
I continue to be fascinated by the carrier’s rapid growth (~25% per year). Ethiopian’s route network continues to grow. It is reporting profit. Furthermore, it has a young fleet full of 787 and A350 aircraft, perfectly positioned to capture both strategic midhaul and longhaul traffic. The carrier has an aggressive plan called Vision 2025 to be the best carrier in Africa.
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.
And arguably it is already there as it continues to rake in awards in the region and around the world.
I want to fly Ethiopian Airlines soon. I’m curious if these accolades are simply because the competition is so bad or because Ethiopian is actually turning the corner and earnestly working to be a world-class airline.
Stay tuned…my first flight on Ethiopian Airlines may be sooner than you think.