Speech By The GM Ethiopian Airlines Nigeria, Firihewot Mekonnen At All Female Operated Flight Event

* L-R: Tigist Kibret First Officer; Nneka Moses, Goge Africa; Captain of the flight, Amsale Gualu; Director Consumer Protection NCAA Adamu Abdulahi; Mrs. Nkieruka Onyejeocha, the Chairman House Committee on Aviation; Firihewot Mekonnen, GM Ethiopian Airlines Nigeria

I am most honoured to Welcome you all to the Epoch-making event happening for the first time in Africa. I am most privileged to be a Woman,the first Female General Manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria and also to be the one receiving this very important flight to Lagos. Ethiopian Airlines has decided to always reward the Nigerian traveller for the Loyalty they have shown to the Airline.

This is the reason that we are bringing the first All women Operated Flight in Africa to Lagos Nigeria. The Flight today by Capt Amsale Gualu had 391 passengers 363 Economy and 28 business Class on a B777- 300. Every aspect of the Flight was handled by a Woman.

Nigeria is not just our great partner but also a country that has shown Africa what Women can do. Women can achieve a lot and Nigeria is a leading light in Women Empowerment in Africa. One of first Women Pilots in Africa is a Nigerian. Today Ethiopian Airlines Africa’s first 4 star Airline is proud to be the first to Operate an all  Women Operated  flight to Nigeria. We  are all witnesses to history today. We wish to thank our Nigerian passengers and Government for the growth of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria.

Ethiopian Airlines started Flying to Nigeria in 1960 and today flies to 5 cities in Nigeria with the most Modern Aircraft including the B787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350. We fly to Lagos, Abuja,Enugu,Kano and Kaduna. You may wish to recall that when Abuja Airport was closed we were the only International Airline that flew to Kaduna and the first Airline to resume.flights to Abuja. So it is not surprising that we are the first International Airline to do an all Women Operated flight to Nigeria and this is our first time in Africa. Thank you for always standing with us as we stand with Nigeria.

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