Saturday, 3 October 2020

Ethiopian Unveils COVID-19 Global Insurance Cover



Ethiopian Airlines Group, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa, is pleased to announce that it will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of 01st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021. The coverage is applicable on all Ethiopian’s international flights booked with the airline’s tickets. 

The global cover dubbed Sheba Comfort is part of the airline’s extra security measures to protect passengers and ensure that they travel with peace of mind.  

Passengers will have their medical expenses up to EUR 100,000 covered if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel in addition to quarantine costs up to EUR  150 per day for a maximum of 14 days. Sheba Comfort also includes repatriation and evacuation services whenever needed besides 24/7 assistance through the airline’s hotline. 

Remarking on the global cover, Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said,  “We are glad to be among the pioneer global airlines to introduce this extra security measure and provide global cover for COVID-19 with a view to boost passengers’ confidence. Our Sheba  Comfort insurance scheme is part of the measures we have been taking to ensure the health and wellbeing of passengers on the ground and onboard. As the travel safety continues to evolve by the  day, we will always be at the forefront of adopting all necessary changes to ensure the safety of our  passengers as our top priority.” 

The Sheba Comfort insurance scheme, introduced in collaboration with AXA Partners and  Awash Insurance Company, is valid for 92 days for round trip and 31 days for one-way trip.  

It is to be recalled that Ethiopian recently unveiled an ultra-modern, spacious passenger terminal which is completed with an emphasis on biosecurity and biosafety measures.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 127 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  Six business units: Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian  MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub 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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