The Ethiopian Day at the Akwaaba African Travel Market 2019 ended on an impressive note, with the management of Ethiopian Airlines treating guests to a night of real Ethiopian experience, even as it revealed a positive rise in its fortunes over the years in review.
In his welcome address, the General Manager of Ethiopian Airline, Firiehiwot Mekonnen, said the Airline proudly flaunts itself as a Pan African brand.
“Ethiopian Airline is positioning its brand and strategies to touch every part of Africa and Europe and we can say we have recorded successes so far. We project overwhelming success in 2025 judging by the time that we have on ground and a wonderful team. We posted a profit this very challenging year.
“We are also introducing our flights to Houston an American city with a lot of Nigerians. This is part of our plans to expand and extend our services to our esteemed customers anywhere they are,” she added.
Mekonnen further informed that the airline operates a diversified aviation group with 7 strategic business units, which have been the secret of the brand’s giant strides in the sector.
In his remarks, the Country Manager of ASKY Airlines, Simon Mobolaji, while thanking the guests for their presence at the event, said the partnership between Asky and Ethiopian Airline promises to bridge a gap and cover most local and international routes, describing the new ASKY flight to Johannesburg as a good example.
Speaking at the event, the Organiser of Akwaaba Ikechi Uko testified that the country boasts of rich culture, which he has experienced, urging guests to be curious in exploring the peculiar delicacies of Ethiopia.
More than 200 guests and participating countries came out to enjoy the dorwat and njera delicacies. Meanwhile, a good blend of Nigerian cuisines from professional chefs, who had participated at the Jollof Rice War earlier, added spice to the event. There was also a taste of coffee and wines from the Ethiopians.
The climax of the day was a raffle draw at the instance of Ethiopian Airline management. Mr Didier Bayeye emerged winner of a Business Class ticket to Addis Ababa for a five-night stay. He, however, had a grace of a dual ticket with his wife. Special attention came on the couple as they met at one of the previous editions of Akwaaba and got married this year.