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Ethiopian Airlines 78-Year Legacy of Distinguished Servant Leadership

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Africa, celebrated its 78th anniversary, highlighting a legacy of resilience and innovation since 1946. The Group's CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, and CCO, Mr. Lemma Yadecha, joined the crew on a flight to Cairo, marking the airline's inaugural international service. They went beyond their in-flight duties and assisted passengers during the check-in and boarding processes, ensuring a seamless travel experience.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr Mesfin Tasew said, “This event symbolizes our unwavering commitment to our passengers and our belief that true leadership lies in serving others first. Serving our passengers on this special flight to Cairo is not just a tribute to our first international service but a reaffirmation of our commitment to the ethos of servant leadership. From our humble beginning back in 1946, we’ve become the aviation giant in Africa that we are now, pioneering African aviation with many first aviation innovation introductions to Africa along the way. As we are maturing beautifully, our commitment only gets stronger.”

As part of Ethiopian's commitment to engaging with the community, passengers were given Seasons Greeting Packages and Happy Fasting Messages. These gifts reflect the airline's respect for diverse traditions. The packages contained a postcard marking the airline's anniversary, serving as a reminder of the airline's lasting legacy.

“Our mission extends beyond transportation,' said CCO Lemma Yadecha. 'We strive to foster a sense of unity and belongingness among our passengers, regardless of their background or belief. This anniversary is a celebration of unity and diversity. By stepping into the roles of our dedicated ground and flight crew, we honour every individual who has been part of our story. Our service today is a promise of continued service excellence for all our passengers.”

All executives at Ethiopian Airlines have shown an extraordinary level of dedication by taking a hands-on approach to customer service. This initiative reflects the airline's commitment to servant leadership and providing passengers with an exceptional travel experience.

As Ethiopian Airlines celebrates its 78th anniversary, it continues to lead the aviation industry with its focus on innovation, safety, and customer satisfaction. The airline's mission to connect Africa with the world remains unchanged, and it is constantly working to improve passenger experience. As a testament to this, Ethiopian Airlines is considering offering complimentary Wi-Fi to travellers bound for Cairo.

Ethiopian Airlines Group is a rapidly growing airline brand globally and the largest airline brand on the African continent. With 78 years of successful operations, Ethiopian has established itself as one of the leading carriers on the continent, known for its efficiency and operational success. The airline operates from its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and also follows a multi-hub strategy, with hubs in Lomé, Togo, Lilongwe, Malawi, and Lusaka, Zambia.

Ethiopian Airlines is the largest African airline, serving over 150 destinations across five continents with a modern, environmentally friendly fleet. They have achieved their strategic plan ahead of schedule and are now implementing a new plan to become one of the top 20 aviation groups in the world. Ethiopian Airlines has won many awards, including Skytrax's "Best Airline in Africa Award" for six consecutive years. They are a member of the Star Alliance and have grown significantly in the past 10 years.



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