Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, is pleased to announce the introduction of medical insurance to cover repatriation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 from 1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021. The coverage is applicable on all Ethiopian Airlines’ international flights, including London and Manchester departures. The global policy dubbed Sheba Comfort, is part of the airline’s extra security measures to protect passengers and ensure that they travel with greater peace of mind.
Affected 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 if needed besides 24/7 assistance through the airline’s hotline.
Remarking on the global cover, Ethiopian Airlines 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 a round trip and 31 days for one-way trip.
Ethiopian Airlines recently unveiled an ultra-modern, spacious passenger terminal which is completed with an emphasis on biosecurity and biosafety measures.
About Ethiopian Airlines:
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
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 aircrafts. 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.