Ethiopian Airlines Awarded CAPA Airline Of The Year
Ethiopian Airlines was named the 2015 Airline of the Year at the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence gala dinner in Helsinki, which was held 7-Oct-2015 in conjunction with CAPA’s World Aviation Summit. This award is given annually to the airline that has been the biggest standout strategically during the year, has had the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry, established itself as a leader, and provided a benchmark for others to follow. Ethiopian CEO Tewolde GebreMariam accepted the award from CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison.
Ethiopian was selected by the judging panel for its ability to establish pan-African operations and thrive in an increasingly important emerging market where most airlines have struggled. Ethiopian has been a clear standout and emerged as the leader in Africa with a pioneering strategy. CAPA noted that Ethiopian has rapidly expanded its network in Africa, which now consists of a leading 45 destinations. Its position in Africa has been further strengthened by pursuing joint ventures and investments in other African carriers.
Ethiopian has also pursued rapid and successful expansion in Asia, where it now has 11 destinations, positioning Addis Ababa as the leading hub for the growing Asia-Africa market despite intensifying competition for such traffic from the Gulf carriers/hubs. Several new partnerships have been forged including with ANA, Singapore Airlines and United AIrlines, leveraging Ethiopian’s membership in Star.