ADDIS ABEBA – Airbus, the largest aircraft manufacturer, has awarded Ethiopian airlines for the unique agility and resilience that it displayed amid the COVID 19 global crisis.
The Airbus said the award a recognition from the European airplane manufacturer 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,” said Hadi Akoum, Airbus Vice President Sales Africa and Levant Customer Affairs.
Ethiopian Airlines 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.
Today, Ethiopian Airlines is able to maintain the operation of all fleet where others are at 10 percent of their capability.
“Many airlines have just simply gone bankrupt and people have lost their jobs,” Akoum said. “This has been done because of the visionary leadership, Tewolde GebreMariam. Ethiopian Airlines today is showing the example to the whole world in resilience and visionary thinking of the leadership”.
Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde, on his part, expressed his immense delight that Airbus has recognized the efforts of the airlines’ management and employees amid the COVID 19 global crisis.
“We were there when the world needed us most,” he said. “I would like to express my gratitude to the over 17 Thousand hardworking Ethiopian employees and management team.”
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates 16 Airbus A350 aircraft in its network.