By Ogova Ondego
Published September 18, 2015
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), that has just received the Certificate of Global Growth Company of 2015 from the World Economic Forum on September 8, 2015 in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, has announced special offers for travellers who book online and whose journey begins in Addis Ababa, Madrid, Washingtone DC, and Los Angeles.
Ethiopian also informs passengers that upgrading their flight from economy class to business with miles attracts a “Â£70 additional Great Britain departure tax to be collected on behalf of Government Tax Revenue Department.”
The tax liability, Ethiopian says, “applies to all passengers receiving a service benefit over and above basic economy. Passengers are personally liable to pay this tax, which is not a charge by the airline but by the government, and is of no monetary benefit to the airline.”
Back to the special fares. In Ethiopian’s own words:
Travel between Addis Ababa – Tel Aviv route and vice versa from Sunday to Friday to earn 75% bonus miles on ET414/ET415 until November 30, 2015.
Travel between Addis Addis Ababa – Tel Aviv route and vice versa on Saturday to earn 75% and 100% bonus miles on ET414 and ET415 respectively until November 30, 2015.
Book online until October 31, 2015 and get 10% discount for flights between November 10, 2015 – December 31, 2015 from Madrid to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Gaborone, Luanda and Maputo.
Book online and get 10% discount for flights from Washington to Cape Town, Nairobi and Entebbe until September 30, 2015.
Book online and get 10% discount for flights from Los Angeles to Dar Es Salaam, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Seychelles, Lagos and Ouagadougou until September 30, 2015.
Travel between our Addis Ababa – YaoundeÌ route and vice versa to earn DOUBLE bonus miles from October 25, 2015 to December 24, 2015.
How about the Global Growth Company of 2015 award Ethiopian received; how did this come about and what was considered?
“Ethiopian is among the 132 of the world most dynamic and high-growth companies which were nominated based on their strength and potential to become global economic leaders,” the airline says. “Ethiopian was chosen from a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking, energy and aviation that share a track record of exceeding industry standards in revenue, growth, promotion of innovative business practices and demonstration of leadership in corporate global citizenship. The Global Growth Companies Community currently consists of 400 companies around the World.”
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Ethiopian, touted as one of the fastest growing Airline in Africa, commands a big share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating to more than 91 international destinations across five continents with its Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin fleet.
Through its 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025, Ethiopian says this will see it “become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.”