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Ethiopian Airlines Ireland Celebrates ‘Enkutatash’ – Ethiopian New Year

21st September 2019 - 1:00pm

A wonderful smile from the Ethiopian Airways crew member

A wonderful smile from the Ethiopian Airways crew member

In what is now an annual event, Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Airlines Country Manager) and her team, hosted an event on Thursday 12th September, in the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, to mark Ethiopian New Year, also known as Enkutatash.


Invitees were made up of Ambassadors from the Ethiopian, Egyptian, Sudanese and Lesotho Embassies, along with trade partners, key members of the travel trade, and some of the Dublin Airport team. Speakers included Carole Smith (SynNeo PR), Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Airlines Country Manager) and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres Group).


The event offered guests a little taster of Ethiopian culture and traditions with everyone treated to Ethiopian food and wine which was then followed by coffee made in the traditional Ethiopian way. Also, Mrs Tekalign shared with guests that Ethiopia uses a calendar based on the Coptic calendar with Ethiopians around the world welcoming in 2012.


She also talked about how New Year is a time of reflection and for Ethiopian Airlines, after the tragedy in March, the resolute commitment of the airline to keep passenger safety their number one priority. She went on to say, “More than ever we continue to pursue our Vision 2025 goal of becoming the leading aviation group in Africa and we are on track. We have a SKYTRAX rating of 4 stars and this year won the SKYTRAX awards for ‘Best Business Class in Africa,’ and ‘Best Economy Class in Africa”.


“We also have one of the youngest fleet in the global aviation industry with aircraft age averaging 5 years. We are constantly evolving our internal systems making us again one of the most technically advanced airlines in the industry. Our network continues to grow and we now have over 121 international destinations, with 61 of those across the African continent. Mrs Tekalign finished with thanking everyone for their support and confidence in Ethiopian Airlines.”

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A wonderful smile from the Ethiopian Airways crew member
H.E. Eshetu Dessie (Ethiopian Ambassador) and Mrs Patience Agbaza (Nigerian Counsellor Political & Education) with Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Airlines)
Dominic Burke (Travel Centres), Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Country Manager) and Edel Redmond (Dublin Airport)
David and Maura Moloney (Dublin Airport) with Lorcan Keegan (Ethiopian Airlines)
Jon Woolf (Dublin Airport), Martina Coogan (United Airlines) and Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Airlines)
Despoina Stratelow, Meseret Tekalign, Mamta Hurnaum (all Ethiopian Airlines)
Mamta Hurnaum (Ethiopian Airlines) and Carole Smith SynNeo PR
Sarah Slattery (The Travel Expert) and Lorcan Keegan (Ethiopian Airlines)
Eamon Flanagan with John Grehan (G Adventures)
Mamta Despoina (Ethiopian Airlines)
Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) addressing the guests
Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) and Carol Anne O'Neill (Worldchoice)
Carole Smith (SynNeo PR)
Meseret Tekalign (Ethiopian Airlines)
Ethiopian coffee
Ethiopian food
Dominic Burke speaking to guests

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