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Ethiopian Airlines wins Vienna International Airport’s Rising Star Award

Ethiopian Airlines Press Release
Tigrai Online, June 18, 2015

Ethiopian's Regional Director Austria & Eastern Europe Solomon Mekonnen receiving the award
Ethiopian's Regional Director Austria & Eastern Europe Solomon Mekonnen receiving the award

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has won the Rising Star Award by Vienna International Airport’s summer event for registering significant traffic growth for the year 2014. The award was presented as a token of their appreciation for the outstanding performance at an event held in Haus Des Meeres Restaurant on June 16, 2015.

Vienna International Airport conducts the annual summer event every June and selects winners based on unique parameters for each year where traffic growth was the point in focus for 2014. Vienna Airport was able to report a good passenger growth over the course of last year, primarily due to the airlines at Vienna Airport.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, "We are honored to receive Vienna International Airport’s Rising Star Award. As one of the leading airlines in Africa, we have always believed that by cooperating with quality partners such as Vienna International Airport, we can bring greater convenience and comfort for all our passengers. This award is a testimony to the close collaboration that has helped us expand our network and enhance our product quality.”

Ethiopian started its fourth direct weekly operation to Vienna on the 2nd of June 2014 in a codeshare partnership with Austrian Airlines. The agreement has enabled Ethiopian to provide seamless and convenient connectivity options for travelers between Africa and cities in Central and Eastern Europe. Likewise, the agreement has provided seamless and smooth connectivity to Austrian Airlines customers to our ever growing network in Africa.

Ethiopian has upgraded its services to Vienna since March 2015 to the state-of-the-art and luxury filled Boeing 787 Dreamliners – the most technologically-advanced commercial aircraft offering unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers with their high ceilings, the biggest windows in the sky, greatly reduced noise, unique lighting systems and higher levels of humidity.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.


Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 87 international destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300 ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. 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.

For more information about this press release, please contact:
Manager PR & Publications
Ethiopian Airlines
Tel: (251-1) 517- 8407/8165/8913/8656/8907/8523

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