ADDIS ABABA, The national carrier of Ethiopia has underlined its continued commitment in serving the continent.

'We are pleased to win the African Airline of the Year Award for the second time in a row; a testimony of our commitment to serve our beloved continent Africa,' Meseret Bitew, acting Chief Finance officer of Ethiopian Airlines said.

The Airline won the top award as the 2017 African Aviation 'African Airline of the Year' � the second consecutive year that it has scooped the prize. It was in recognition of their continued rapid growth, soaring profitability and overall contribution to aviation development on the continent.

The award was presented to them during the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference and Exhibition held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

''Mobility and air connectivity being the economic engine of growth and development, we shall continue to play vital roles in connecting African countries with their major trading partners around the world and realize an economically liberal Africa,'' Bitew stressed.

In November 2016, Ethiopian was adjudged the continent's best airline for the fifth year in a row by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) during the AFRAA's 48th Annual General Assembly held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The Ethiopian national airline which is the largest Airline Group on the continent was applauded for its outstanding financial performance, technological leadership and investment in modern fuel, efficient fleet and exemplary cooperation with other African carriers.

Ethiopian � a member of the Star Alliance group is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers in terms of efficiency and operational success.

They command the lion's share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.