On November 20, 2016, the General Assembly of EAFEA passed a resolution to establish a Board of Trustees comprising of nine members to govern the association. The following members were elected as Board members to serve for the association year 2017-2018.
Abate Kassa, President Ayalew Kassa, VP Industrial Tileksew Mekonnen, VP Social Frehiwot Haile, Treasurer Tamiru Negussie, Secretary
EAFEA will hold its Board meetings every two months at 8121 Georgia Avenue, conference room, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and the Association’s regular membership meetings will be held every three months at different locations.
EAFEA would like to express our gratitude to the outgoing members of the Board of Trustees whose terms ended on December 31, 2016. It takes a great deal of time and commitment to serve on the Board of Trustees, and these Board members have demonstrated exceptional skills, expertise, and dedication.
EAFEA salutes the following outgoing Board members for their tremendous service and years of dedicating time and resources for the betterment of EAFEA and its members.
Immediate Past President Joseph W. Yohannes
Immediate Past Treasurer Hanna Samuel
Both Joseph and Hanna were presented with elegant plaques by incoming President Abate Kassa at the General Assembly on January 15, 2017
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Gulf, Middle East & Asia - 25 Cities Bahrain, Bangkok, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Chennai, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Dubai World Center, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo. [Coming soon: Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam ]
President Obama visited Ethiopian first B787 Dreamliner,
ET CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, briefing President Obama
US president H.E. President Barak H. Obama along with US Government Senators and House of Representatives paid a visit to Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Airline in Africa, during the president’s three days official Visit to Ethiopia, 26 to 28 July 2015.
Prior to his departure at Bole International Airport, the president visited the first Ethiopian B787 Dreamliner dubbed "Africa First" and held brief discussion with Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines Group. President Barak Obama expressed his appreciation for the longstanding partnership between Ethiopian and the Boeing Company; recapitulating his visit at the Boeing assembly line, he has extended his pleasure to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Ethiopian flag.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines Group briefed the President that Ethiopian has 13 B-787 Dreamliners in operation and has 8 on order. He also expressed his happiness on the overall performance of the B-787 Dreamliners reiterating the unique features of the state of the art fleet. He noted that the B787 is very popular among customers, has more cabin humidity which reduces fatigue and dryness, has large windows, is the quietest airplane in its category, saves 20% fuel burn compared to other airplanes in its category and is the most environmentally friendly aircraft.
Addressing the president’s query regarding Ethiopian most profitable routes, the CEO highlighted that Ethiopian is currently flying to 91 international destinations in five continents, among which Washington DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda etc are the most profitable ones. He stated that in line with the existing close work relations with USA Exim Bank, Ethiopian will continue its efforts for the re-opening of the USA Exim Bank as it is the guarantor of the loans for the purchase of ET’s Boeing Airplanes. Moreover, in recognition of the historic contribution of Colonel Robinson to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people, the CEO affirmed his decision to name one of the incoming new airplanes after Colonel Robinson.
On the previous day, US government senators and house representatives have also visited Ethiopian Aviation Academy and the B787 and Q400 flight simulators, during which, vital training agreement aimed at enhancing Ethiopian Training capability has been signed. In conclusion of his visit, President Obama congratulated Ethiopian Airlines for successfully running the largest airline in Africa.
2016 JAN-DEC & 2017 JAN-FEB Press Releases
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