Ethiopian Airlines Becomes First African airline to acquire & operate Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Ethiopian Airlines Africa’s largest and most profitable airline has become the first in the continent to receive and operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the technologically advanced 787 family that Ethiopian will be receiving. Ethiopian was the first in the world outside Japan to receive and operate the 787-8 back in August 2012. Both the 787-8 and 787-9 offer superior and unmatched on-board comfort thanks to their unique features such as the biggest windows in the sky, high ceiling, less noise, distinctive lighting, higher air humidity as well as 20 percent less fuel.
The 787-9 is 20 feet or 6 meters longer than the 787-8 and has more passenger capacity with 315 seats and more cargo space.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “Continuing our legacy of pioneering aviation technology in Africa, we are proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting-edge 787-9 into our young and fast growing fleet. Today, the 787 is our core fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in latest technology aircraft such as the 787 and A350, which makes us among the very few airlines in the world to simultaneously operate these two most cutting edge airplanes.”
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international destinations in five continents using 93 most modern and youngest fleet, 20 of which are B787 Dreamliner, deployed on its long haul routes. It was back in 2011 that Ethiopian took delivery of its B 787 Dreamliner fleet.