DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services appoints Silvio Weiland as general manager

ETHIOPIA – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services, a joint venture company by DHL Global Forwarding (DHL) and Ethiopian Airlines, has appointed Silvio Weiland as general manager to oversee the strategic direction of the business in the country. Weiland takes over the leadership role from Berhanu Kassa, who was one of those instrumental in forging the strategic partnership between DHL and Ethiopian Airlines. Kassa will continue to support the joint venture whilst he returns to handle logistics services at Ethiopian Airlines. Weiland will report to Ivin George, managing director for DHL Global Forwarding, East…

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Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African airline to trial IATA travel pass

ETHIOPIA – Africa’s most profitable airline, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has become the first African airline to conduct trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications. As air travel restarts, travellers need accurate COVID-19-related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries and the IATA Travel Pass initiative helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travellers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries. The trial will be conducted…

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Ethiopian Airlines partners BGI Genomics to launch high-end COVID-19 testing lab at Bole International Airport

ETHIOPA – Ethiopian Airlines has joined hands with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China’s biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub and the continent’s busiest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The testing centre is set to revitalize the passengers’ business by creating seamless travel experience that includes COVID-19 testing to passengers that are departing or transiting via Addis Ababa. The state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing lab is equipped with cutting-edge technologies to provide quick and accurate testing for passengers. Currently,…

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Ethiopian Airlines marks 75 years of operational excellence

ETHIOPIA – Seventy-five years ago on this date, Ethiopian Airlines operated its 1st scheduled flight with Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft from Addis Ababa to Cairo via Asmara. This diamond jubilee celebration shows how Africa’s most successful airline has made managed to navigate the turbulent skies for over 75 years. For an airline that was founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operations on 8, April 1946, maintaining that level of operational efficiency and management is no mean feat bearing in mind that its peers in the continent have either folded…

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Ethiopian Airlines and African Union partner to implement trusted Travel Pass Test

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines has announced partnership with the African Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (Africa CDC) for the implementation of the African Union Trusted Travel Pass to make continental travel easier and safer amidst the Covid -19 pandemic. The Trusted Travel pass program will ensure country regulations regarding Covid-19 travel requirements are met with minimal room for error and hassle to the travelling public. The Ethiopian Airlines‘ customers will now enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with their travel pass helping them verify whether their medical information meets various Covid-19…

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AFRAA, Ethiopian Airlines sign MoU to strengthen collaboration on aviation training

ETHIOPIA – The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on training that will facilitate a framework of collaboration between AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy. The MoU was signed between AFRAA secretary general Abdérahmane Berthé and Mesay Shiferaw, managing director, Ethiopian Aviation Academy. The MoU was signed during a consultative meeting between AFRAA secretary general Abdérahmane Berthé and Ethiopian Airlines group CEO Tewode Gembremariam held at Ethiopian Airlines headquarters in Addis Ababa. The collaboration will support the development of sustainable and safe air transport system in Africa and thereby…

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South African government shortlists three strategic partners for SAA

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African government has short-listed three potential strategic equity partners (SEPs) for South African Airways (SAA). The decision on the preferred strategic partner will be made next month or so,” according to public enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan told Bloomberg TV that the newly appointed interim board of SAA was engaging with the bidders before the government would make its decision. As per ch-aviation, DPE has engaged Rand Merchant Bank as the transaction advisor after receiving about 30 expressions of interest. The SEP could be expected by March this…

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Astral Aviation and Ethiopian among airlines picked for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

KENYA – Astral Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines are among the 14 airlines that have signed an agreement with UNICEF to prioritise the transport of Covid-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices, and other critical supplies to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The other airlines that are part of this initiative include Airbridge Cargo, Air France/KLM, Emirates SkyCargo, Brussels Airlines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, IAG Cargo, Korean Air, Lufthansa Cargo, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines. In January, Astral welcomed its first B767-200F from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and…

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Ethiopian Airlines and CemAir implement interline agreement

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines formerly Ethiopian Air Lines and often referred to as simply Ethiopian and CemAir, a privately owned airline operating in South Africa, have started implementing an interline agreement which allows passengers to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket and lower cost between points within the carriers’ networks.“In our continuous endeavour to expand our service beyond our extensive network in Africa, we are happy to partner and add CemAir to our list of growing partners in Africa,” Mrs. Rahel Asefa, Vice President Marketing, Ethiopian Airlines Group said.…

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Ethiopian Airlines, Djibouti Port & Free Zones Authority to introduce freight transport service

DJIBOUTI – Ethiopian Airlines and the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) have agreed to launch a freight transport service, which aims to transport more than 400,000 tonnes of goods, mainly from China to Africa, according to African Aerospace. The agreement will help the Ethiopian Airlines to double its existing cargo service. The investment agreement between Great Horn Investment Holding and China Merchants was signed in late 2020. The project represents the final stage in the implementation of the Port-Park-City concept – the full integration of ports, industrial parks, and…

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