- Chidozie Uzoezie
Ethiopian Airlines Wins Africa Lease Deal of Year 2018 Award
Ethiopian Airlines has won the Aviation 100 “Africa Lease Deal of the Year 2018” award by Airline Economics Magazine at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner.
The Aviation 100 awards recognize aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months.
Winners of the Aviation 100 awards are decided by an industry-wide survey, a rigorous vetting process and editorial consideration. Commenting on the award, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam said, “We are happy to receive this award from Airline Economics. It’s for the first time that the Japanese financing system, JOLCO, financed an aircraft deal with an African airline.
JOLCO availed financing for our A350 aircraft. The deal shows the strong confidence of reputed global financiers in Ethiopian balance sheet and business plan.” It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines had received Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year award in 2017 by Airline Economics.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning carrier crowned with Four Star certification by SKYTRAX last year, Airline of the Year awards by AFRAA as well as multiple accolades for its outstanding passenger and cargo transport services.