Ethiopian Airlines has received Africa’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane.
The plane – named Beijing – boasts ultra-modern technology, an environmentally friendly engine and a capacity of 315 passengers, and will initially fly to China.
The acquisition of the new plane extends Ethiopian Airlines’ tradition of setting aviation milestones 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,” Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said.
GebreMariam also said that the new acquisition was in line with the Airline’s Vision 2025, that outlines technological advancements.
“Today, the 787 is the core of our fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in the latest technology airplanes is part of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer complete on-board comfort. We will continue to invest in the most advanced aircraft to give our customers the best possible travel experience,” he said.
Ethiopian Airlines operates a Boeing fleet of 737, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service and six 777 and two 757-200 airplanes in cargo operations.
The 787 Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today. Since 2011, more than 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial services, flying almost 200 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.
AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs, upon delivery of the plane, said it would bring further efficiencies and scope to Ethiopian Airlines.
“AerCap is very proud to deliver to Ethiopian Airlines their first 787-9 aircraft, as the airline continues to lead the way in African aviation,” he said. “The 787-9 will complement Ethiopian’s existing fleet of 787-8 aircraft, bringing further operational efficiencies and scope to enhance their existing network.