Ethiopian Airlines the number of passengers it carried grew by 21 per cent topping the 10 million mark for the first time in the airline’s history, reaching 10.6 million passengers.
This was contained in its financial performance covering its operations, commercial and customer services for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
During the period under review, the airline introduced additional 14 new aircraft; averaging more than one aircraft per month;
The airline , according to its Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam, opened eight new international destinations including Geneva (Switzerland), Chicago (USA), Bahrain, Kaduna (Nigeria), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Nosy-Be (Madagascar).
Freight carried, he said grew by 18 per cent from previous fiscal year to attain 400,339 tons;
Operating revenue, he affirmed grew by 43 per cent from previous fiscal year to culminate at 89.1 billion Ethiopian birr (ETB).
Net profit, he said stood at 6.8 billion ETB.
He said : ” During the fiscal year, the airline was given for the first time in its history a 4 Star rating by SKYTRAX, the leading customer service rating organization in the airline industry, putting it on par with other global airlines. SKYRAX also recognized Ethiopian as Best Airline in Africa; Best Business Class in Africa and Best Economy Class in Africa.
” Ethiopian reached and passed the 100th aircraft in service milestone during the year, becoming the first African airline in history to do so” .
Recapping the exceptional 2017/18 fiscal year performance, GebreMariam said: “It was an exceptional year for Ethiopian with record performance in financial, operational, commercial and customer service areas.
” This historical performance is, due first and foremost, to the commitment, hard work and competence of my 16,000 colleagues with each one of them at all echelons of the company playing a critical role in this success.”