Ethiopian Airlines Strongly Refutes Allegations By CNN In Transporting Weapons

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines has strongly refuted the recent allegations by CNN regarding the airlines’ involvement in transporting weapons.

THE multi-award-winning global airline is one of the senior members of IATA and member of Star Alliance for a decade.

Since its estlishment 75 years ago, the airline has been providing safe and reliable air transport service to  Africa and the rest of the world, and commended for its humanitarian and commercial operations in good and bad times.

Accordingly, Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all National, regional and International aviation related regulations, said the Airlines in a statement issued on Friday.

“Hence, Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the recent allegations by CNN and would like to confirm that to the best of its knowledge and its records, it has not transported any war armament in any of its routes by any of its Aircraft,” it said.

The Airlines said the mentioned air waybills in the CNN article clearly show that the nature of goods transported on the alleged flights was “Food stuff and Refill” as declared on the document as per IATA standards.

The alleged pictures are not known to Ethiopian Airlines, according to the airline.

“We would also like to confirm that we don’t have any employee suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background,” it said.

“This can be verified from our Human Resources records,” the Airlines said.

On top of the four-fold (4X) growth registered in all parameters in the last decade, which repositioned the airline as the leading Airline in Africa, Ethiopian demonstrated unique and top of the line level of creativity, agility, resilience, and speed of decision making in managing the devastating global pandemic crisis.

“Thus, we would like to assure all our passengers and the public that Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all International aviation related regulations & standards, doesn’t deviate from any civil aviation regulations in all its operations, it has never been engaged in any weapons transportation and kindly requests correction in this report,” the statement concluded.