Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, held a launching event on 24 July 2018 for International Coffee Day, which will be celebrated in Ethiopia, the land of origin of coffee, for the first time in November 2018 under the theme ‘Celebrate the International Coffee Day in the Land of Origins.’
Ethiopia is the land of origin of coffee and has the most diverse and highly sought after premium coffee in the world. The celebration will bring together coffee producers, roasters, exporters, researchers, writers and coffee lovers from all over the world and will include an exhibition, a conference and a coffee tour to Kaffa, the region where coffee first originated and spread to the world. To this end, Ethiopian Holidays has prepared special coffee tour packages for participants in the International Coffee Day Celebration.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, remarked: ‘ Ethiopia introduced coffee to the world and it’s only fitting that International Coffee Day is celebrated in the land of its origin. We thank the major stakeholders in Ethiopia in the public and private sectors for supporting this initiative. The celebration of International Coffee Day is part of our enhanced effort to promote the many treasures of Ethiopia, which are not sufficiently known by the rest of the world, and to boost the flow of tourism to the country.’
Initiated by Ethiopian Airlines and organized by major stakeholders of coffee and tourism sector, including Ethiopian Coffee &Tea Authority, Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association, Ethiopian Tourism Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Trade, the upcoming International Coffee Day is projected to bring together multiple stakeholders from all over the world including coffee exporters, coffee researchers, coffee roasters and exhibitors and will serve as an ideal platform for experiences sharing and networking.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with eight business centers: Ethiopian Regional Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo &Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering; Ethiopian Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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