Since he was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Ecobank at the end of June, the way Alain Francis Nkontchou, 57, speaks has not changed in substance. The former investment banker, co-founder of asset manager Enko Capital, expects the financial sector to support African economies better.
Ethiopian airlines to receive its first Boeing ‘Dreamliner’
The airline placed an order for 10 Dreamliner aircraft and will become the first after Japan to fly the new aircraft.
“The fact that we are the first airline outside Japan to receive this ultra modern aircraft is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation,” said CEO of Ethiopian airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam.
He indicated that it was also a testimony of the commitment the airline was showing to ensuring that its passengers have the best possible travel experience, together with the best industry products and services.
“Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, has made it clear it is proud to be the first airline from Africa, Europe, Americas and Middle East to take delivery of the Dreamliner, and to be able to offer its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this game-changing aircraft before other carriers,” the airline said.
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The airplane is expected to arrive at Bole Addis Ababa International Airport on August 16, on its maiden historic flight.
Ethiopia is expected to take delivery of the Dreamliner on 14 August, when it will be taken to Washington D.C. the next day, where the aircraft will be on display.
US Senators and House Representatives as well as ambassadors, executives from the World Bank and IMF, members of the Ethiopian community, the media and other invited guests are expected to visit the exhibition where the marquee aircraft would be on display.
“With its acquisition of, and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, as laid out in its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap,” it added.
Ethiopian Airlines have won numerous international awards including the latest Gold award in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organised by the African Aviation News Portal.
Ethiopian airlines, which was founded in 1945 currently serves 69 international destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet.