Ethiopian Airlines will become the first airline in Africa to receive and operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on October 27, 2017.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the 787 family that Ethiopian will be receiving.
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 airplanes, is part and parcel of our Vision 2025 strategy. We will continue to invest in latest technology aircraft with the view to avail to our customers the best possible travel experience.”
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international destinations in five continents. It was back in 2012 that Ethiopian took delivery of its B 787 Dreamliner fleet.