Ethiopian Airlines wins two Employer of Choice honours

BY: Graphic Business
Mr Tewolde GebreMariam (left), Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines signing the MoU

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, is pleased to announce that it has won two coveted awards in the first East Africa Careers in Africa Choice Awards, at a top tier event hosted by the Global Career Company, held on September 8th 2016 at the Luxurious 5 star Radisson Blue, Nairobi. 

Ethiopian was nominated in three categories, out of the ten presented, and was crowned in two: Reward Employer of Choice, as the leader in terms of compensation and benefits offered to employees and Local Attractiveness Employer of Choice, as the leading company in hiring majority of locally based talent.

In addition, Ethiopian Airlines took the runner-up award in the East African Employer of Choice. The awards methodology takes company ratings provided by prospective employers across 29 attraction drivers, asking talent to grade organizations against all drivers.

A/VP Corporate HRM Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Wasihun Asres, remarked while receiving the award, “I am honored to receive these awards on behalf of the Ethiopian family. 

This regional award is a testament of Ethiopian commitment and great investment in its Human Capital, one of the four pillars in our strategic road map,Vision 2025. 

As clearly stipulated in our value statements also, Ethiopian is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and fairness. 

Moreover, such recognitions that are based on real votes and inputs from a wide variety of data points will definitely boost and encourage us all to further work on developing and investing in our Human Capital. 

As a global African airline that‟s growing fast, we are proud to be able to hire the majority of our staff from locally based talent.”


MoU with Addis Ababa University

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Addis Ababa University, to initiate strategic collaboration in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, at a ceremony held at Ethiopian Headquarters on September 13, 2016. The MoU calls for, among other things, exploring and promoting cooperation between the two institutions with the view of conducting industrial projects and research and consulting on issues such as Internet Booking, Big Data Analytics, Customer Data Hub, Distributed Data Storage, Adaptive Crew Solution, Intelligent Warehouse. Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, remarked, in today's era of digital revolution and Artificial Intelligence, Information and Communication Technology plays pivotal role for the success of any organization. Systems Development is one of the pillars of our fifteen years strategic road map, Vision 2025. Currently, we are implementing and incorporating the latest IT systems in Aviation Technology. Moreover, we are heading towards a totally paperless operational environment. I believe this agreement for collaboration with Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia's largest and oldest academic institution, is a step forward towards ensuring concerted research and projects.” Besides using the latest aviation technology, Ethiopian has recently revamped its website offering its customers streamlined menus with clean navigations allowing for an easy access to the essential information of their interest regarding all Ethiopian Airlines products and services.


Experts to discuss the collapse of Nigerian airlines at Akwaaba 2016

"We met 26 Airlines and only 5 are left now" This was the statement made by the MD of one the 3 strong Airlines in Nigeria Muneer Bankole of Medview Airlines in an interview with www.atqnews.com in July. 30 days after that statement Aero the oldest Airline in Nigeria closed shop and soon after First Nation joined the Avia exit. 

The suspension of flight by the biggest Airline in West Africa Arik on midnight of September 13, due to the expiration of insurance was the last straw. The bottom has finally fallen out of the Aviation business in Nigeria. 

The mighty Arik with about 26 Airplanes is the livewire of movement in Nigeria and West Africa. Arik has since sorted itself out and resumed flights but the problem of Aviation still persists.

Experts are lining up to discuss this issue at the 12th Akwaaba Aviation day Conference on the 31st of October at Eko Hotel. With the topic Aviation in Africa and Why Airlines Fail on the 2nd Aviation day at Akwaaba  will draw on the experience of major players in Nigerian Aviation. 

The most Influential Players in Aviation between 1999 and 2010 will be sharing their experience. Harold Demuren former DG of NCAA, Richard Aisebeogun Former MD of Federal Airport Authority FAAN and the former COO of Overland Airways and ADC airlines will be joined by Capt Dapo Olumide former MD of Virgin Nigeria, Edmund Yomi Jones former MD of Nigeria Airways, Capt Mike Omokore a search and Rescue expert and Kenyan Female Aviator Dorcas Aketch formerly of Kenya Airways, Virgin Nigeria and lately Rwandair will be pointing the way out of the Miasma. Aviation didn't suffer a sudden collapse. Nigeria has had a cyclical boom and bust aviation history.

A sudden burst and blossoming of Airlines and the gradual demise of most and the eventual boom again. There have been legendary airlines that ruled the Airspace and eventually disappeared. Outside Nigeria Airways the defunct National carrier Okada Air was the most popular. As a Pioneer Private Airline it gave its name to the motorbike Taxis in Nigeria famously called "Okada". At a point it had 53 Aircraft on its register mostly BAC-111. — GB