Ethiopian Airlines Marks 70 Years of Service

Ethiopian Airlines GC from April 20

As it marks 70 years of service this month, Ethiopian Airlines took time to thank agents for their support yesterday (April 20) and inform them on all that’s new during a breakfast seminar in Toronto.

The Star Alliance member offers three weekly flights out of Toronto, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – a service airline officials say they would like to see increased.

Ethiopian Airlines, which works extensively with Air Canada across Canada, and has seen 400% growth in the past 10 years and offers a fleet of 76 aircraft with an average age of five years. Ethiopian was the second carrier to acquire the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and was the first to operate the plane in Canada.

“Our message to agents, we want to hear from you. We want to know what you think of our airline,” said Ethiopian Airlines’ senior sales representative David Timmins, adding no airline is perfect. “If you have any problems, let us know and we’ll to try to fix them.”

Officials also promoted the airline’s frequent flyer program, ShebaMiles.

The airline has lofty goals and by 2025 wants to be the “leading aviation group in Africa,” as well as offer a fleet of 140 aircraft (currently 76) and servicing 22 million passengers world-wide (now 6.4 million).

In another move to better serve passengers, the airline is currently building a hotel (it’s 25% complete) near the airport in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Pictured at the breakfast event are (l-r) Ethiopian Airlines’ Aban Irani, Celine D’Mello and Timmins.