Ethiopian selected as official carrier of 50th OAU/AU anniversary Celebrations

Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has been selected as the “Official Carrier of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Organization of the African Unity – African Union”. Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Erastus Mwencha, and the Acting Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Sales of Ethiopian, Esayas Woldemariam, signed a Memorandum of Understanding designating Ethiopian as the Official Carrier of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on Tuesday.
“We are very proud to be selected as an official carrier for the historic golden Jubilee celebration of the Organization of African Unity – African Union. Our main hub, Addis Ababa, is the political and diplomatic capital of Africa and Pan-Africanism is part and parcel of our corporate DNA. For close to seven decades, we have been manifesting our Pan-Africanist creed by serving as a presidential airline for newly-independent African countries in the early 1960s; by bringing Africa together and closer to the world in good and bad times; by promoting Africa throughout the world; by always being the leader in aviation technology on the continent; and by providing training and aviation services to sisterly African airlines. Ethiopian and the African Union have been working together, for five decades, towards the shared objective of an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa that takes its rightful place on the global stage. Today, thanks to the work of the African Union and indigenous African airlines like Ethiopian, the African Renaissance is here,” said CEO of Ethiopian, Tewolde Gebremariam, on the occasion.
As an official carrier, Ethiopian will support and promote the many activities planned throughout the continent in connection with the milestone anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity – African Union, under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”. The celebration started in April 2013 and will last for one year. OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa.
(ENA)