The Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gabrielmariam, has paid a courtesy call on the Aviation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah to affirm the airline’s commitment to the country.
He outlined the desire of Ethiopian Airlines to reestablish the partnership ET once had with Ghana Airways.
Mr. Gabrielmariam said: “Every country may aspire to have a national airline but it will only be a wishful thinking since it cannot be sustained.”
He cited African Sky (ASKY) Airlines, which started operations in 2010 as a privately owned airline based in Togo, as an example of an airline model that has worked well in West Africa.
Mrs. Dapaah in her welcoming address said: “We are proud of you. Without Ethiopian Airlines, Africa has no story to tell. Ghana can learn from ET in the spirit of South-South Cooperation. Now we are seeking Cabinet approval to start a new national airline before we can invite Airlines.”
Ethiopian Airlines has been flying to Ghana for 57 years. It is one of the few profitable airlines on the continent. It currently operates the two most modern aircraft in the world–the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus 350.