Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Vows to Soar Even Higher Amid Allegations

Ethiopian Airlines is a national and continental success story, the headline of African aviation industry. It’s Africa’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried, destinations served, fleet size, and revenue. In addition, the airline is recipient of the coveted quality accolades by skytrax which are often dubbed as the Oscars of the aviation industry. For over 75 years, Ethiopian has remained a safe and reliable air transport service provider to the continent of Africa and the rest of the world. Its well recognized cargo shipping service was the main source of revenue during the COVID-19 outbreak during which most airlines flopped in many arenas of service. To ensure the continuation of this reputation, Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all National, regional, and International aviation-related regulations.

However, the recently trumpeted CNN report claiming that the airline’s cargo shuttled weapons to the war-ravaged region of Tigray has tarnished the company’s image. Ethiopian, has since vehemently refuted the claims and has released a strong statement. It admitted that the airway bills mention the nature of goods transported during the alleged flights was “Food studd and refill” which comply with IATA standards.

The mentioned airway bills in the CNN article clearly show that the nature of goods transported on the alleged flights was “Food stuff and Refill” as declared on the document as per IATA standards.

Ethiopian Airlines’ Statement refuting CNN’s claims

Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the recent allegations by CNN regarding the airlines’ involvement in transporting weapons.

Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award-winning global airline which is one of the senior members of IATA and member of Star Alliance for a decade, and which has been providing safe and reliable air transport service to the continent of Africa and the rest of the world for the last 75 years and that has been commended for its humanitarian and commercial operations in good and bad times. Accordingly, Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all National, regional and International aviation related regulations.

Hence, Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the recent allegations by CNN and would like to confirm that to the best of its knowledge and its records, it has not transported any war armament in any of its routes by any of its Aircraft. The mentioned airway bills in the CNN article clearly show that the nature of goods transported on the alleged flights was “Food stuff and Refill” as declared on the document as per IATA standards. The alleged pictures are not known to Ethiopian Airlines.

We would also like to confirm that we don’t have any employee suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. There is no employee in Ethiopian Airlines suspended or terminated from our payroll due to their ethnic background. This can be verified from our Human Resources records.

On top of the four-fold (4X) growth registered in all parameters in the last decade, which repositioned our airline as the leading Airline in the Continent of Africa, Ethiopian Airlines demonstrated unique and top of the line level of creativity, agility, resilience, and speed of decision making in managing the devastating global pandemic crisis.

Thus, we would like to assure all our passengers and the public that Ethiopian Airlines strictly complies with all International aviation related regulations & standards, doesn’t deviate from any civil aviation regulations in all its operations, it has never been engaged in any weapons transportation and kindly requests correction in this report.

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