For Immediate Release

Aug 31, 2017, Toronto, OntarioThe votes are in and the final winner chosen in the Ethiopian Airlines Canada social media contest “Celebrate 150” are Aaron and Jamie Collard, the winners of the grand prize.

The 12-year-old, Aaron from Burford, Ontario was chosen by Ethiopian Airlines Canada Facebook fans, as the most liked submission amongst the top five finalists in the Ethiopian Airlines Canada contest. Aaron and Jamie won a trip for (2) to Africa. The trip includes a 10-day vacation package from Toronto to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine business class, valued at $10,000.

“I can’t believe it! It was really fun making the video. Now I get to go on this trip and see Victoria Falls ” said, Aaron.

Aaron mentioned how he raised awareness in his community about the contest and received “tons of support.” Aaron also promoted the contest on his own through local media and social media. He even created a sign and stood in the local mall parking lot to encourage local residents to vote on his behalf.

Ethiopian Airlines Canada hosted the contest on its Facebook page @EthiopianAirlinesCanada to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. People were asked to upload a video describing what they love about Canada. The top five finalists were selected by the airline as the finalists received thousands of likes and shares during the duration of the contest.

“We loved how creative people were and the overall response was great! We thank all the participants and finalists for putting so much effort into their videos. Everyone did a great job,” said Birhan Abate Country Manager Ethiopian Airlines Canada. “It was a pleasure meeting Aaron and his family. Judging by his excitement of winning the trip, we feel he will be sharing a lot more videos with us on his trip too.”

Aaron’s video highlighted freedom of speech, universal health care, multiculturalism, education and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hair.

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About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian operates the youngest and most modern fleet to 93 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, 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. The airlines operates three direct flights weekly from Toronto to Addis Ababa with connections 53 destinations Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.


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