Airbus, the largest aircraft manufacturer, has awarded Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) for the unique agility and resilience that it displayed amid the COVID 19 global crisis.
Hadi Akoum, Airbus Vice President Sales Africa and Levant Customer Affairs yesterday delivered the award to Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, at Ethiopian Headquarters.
Tewolde thanked Airbus for recognizing the efforts of the management and employees of Ethiopian unique agility and resilience amid the COVID 19 global crisis.
“We were there when the world needed us most,” he said.
Akoum, on his part said, “This is to express the admiration of Airbus executive management and Airbus whole employees for the unbelievable achievement of Ethiopian Airlines in this unprecedented epidemic.
“While other airlines were just trying to figure out what to do, Ethiopia Airlines was aggressively pressing ahead finding solution, creating solution converting their passenger aircraft to freighters. Ethiopian Airlines is the first one to do it on Airbus A350 and continue to fly and create even new business. This is something unique all over the world.”
Ethiopian is the first global airline that converted A350 passenger aircraft to cargo to transport the much needed medical supplies to combat the spread of COVID 19.
Ethiopian, the fastest growing Airline in Africa, is now operating 16 A350 aircraft in its network.