Ethiopian voted best airline in Nigeria by travel agents

Renn Offor
In a move that goes to consolidate the success story and leadership of Ethiopian Airline in Africa, the biggest travel association in Africa, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents ( NANTA), which comprise over 1,500 agents, has voted Ethiopian the best airline in Nigeria during their annual general meeting which held in Ibadan last week.

Ethiopian Airlines started its flight to Kano in 2014 but has been flying to Nigeria since 1960. Today, the airline flies to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.

The award was presented to the GM Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria Mr. Solomon Begashaw by the immediate past President of the Association Alhaji Aminu Agoha at its 40th Annual General Meeting which took place at Premier Hotel Ibadan on the 17th of March.

Mr. Begashaw while thanking the agents and the travellers that made the award possible promised to further improve on the values that made the Airline stand out.

He announced that travelers to Ethiopia can now get their tourist visas easily through the help of registered tour operators and Travel agents in Nigeria. This was a reiteration of the message he shared in Kano while addressing Kano based travel Agents at the annual Agency Seminar.

Before now all travelers have to visit the Ethiopian Embassy in Abuja to procure a Tourist visa. As the headquarters of African Union Ethiopia is joining the move by AU to simplify travel within Africa by Africans The new arrangement will see selected tour operators and Travel agents assist their passengers in approaching the embassy for Tourist visa. This new arrangement will take away one of the obstacles for tourists to Ethiopia. Ethiopia the land of Queen of Sheba is home to the largest number of UNESCO heritage sites in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines was founded in December 21, 1945 but started operation on April 08, 1946. It operates its Major Hub at Addis Ababa a Second Hub in Togo, Lome and a Third Hub at Lilongwe, Malawi. The Ownership is by Government of Ethiopia (100%) and the Chief Executive Officer is Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.

Ethiopian Airlines is currently the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its’ close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian com Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and dual-class Bombardier commands the lion 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’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the BomBardier Q400 turboprop. The average age of the aircraft in the fleet is five years. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

The airline 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 per cent in the past seven years.

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