Writing yet another chapter of aviation firsts for Africa, Ethiopian Airlines will take delivery of the first Boeing B787-9 to be operated on the continent this Friday, 27 October.
This delivery follows another first for Africa when the airline recently took delivery of an Airbus A350XWB and before that the first Boeing B787 Dreamliner – both as launch customer in Africa. The B787-9 is 6 meters longer than the launch B787-8 and has more passenger capacity with 315 seats and more cargo space.
Ethiosports.com quotes Group CEO for Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, who said Ethiopian is continuing its 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.”
He said the B787 is now Ethiopian’s core fleet with 20 aircraft in service. “Our investment in latest technology aircraft such as the B787 and A350, which makes us among the very few airlines in the world to simultaneously operate these two most cutting edge airplanes, is part and parcel of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer the ultimate on-board comfort.
“We will continue to invest in latest technology aircraft with the view to avail to our customers the best possible travel experience. We invite the travelling public to join us in one of our flights to enjoy the new level of comfort of the B-787-9‘.”
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international destinations in five continents using 93 state of the art aircraft, 20 of which are B787 Dreamliners, deployed on its long haul routes since 2012.