Ethiopian Airlines - Growth Sparked by Service & Cost Containment

Ethiopian Airlines has a blueprint for boosting passenger traffic, cargo and profits, continuing a seven-year trajectory of seven-fold growth. The carrier, which began service in 1946 working with the now-defunct American-owned TWA, is launching regional hubs and offering low-cost services to other airlines, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said in an AllAfrica interview. Government ownership has not been an obstacle for the company, he said, which has established "a very strong brand in Africa" and has "a continental duty" to serve.

Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam receiving the 'African Airline of the Year' award from IATA CEO Tony Tyler.

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