Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 08, 2011
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its debut on African soil on 11 December
2011 at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. The Dreamliner will be in Addis
for a few days as Ethiopian’s officials, employees, and invited guests have a
closer look at the innovations and advanced technologies of the 787. The date
also marks the eve of Ethiopian membership entry into the Star Alliance
“Ethiopian Airlines is very pleased to be the first African airline to receive the
environmental leader, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Addis Ababa on its first
tour to Africa,” stated Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “We
are also proud to be the first African airline to operate the 787, providing our
passengers with better flight experience, continuing our tradition in leading
improved performance standards and asserting our leadership on the
Captain Desta Zeru, Vice President Flight Operations, will fly the new aircraft
from Haikou, China to Addis Ababa on 11 December 11 2011, becoming the
first African captain to fly the 787.
“The 787 Dreamliner is a game-changing airplane and we are delighted to be
able to bring this innovative product to our customers who will soon be receiving
their own 787s,” said Ray Conner, Vice President of Sales for Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. “This airplane is now changing the way the world flies,
and we want to share that excitement with as many people as we can.”
Ethiopian has an order for 10 Dreamliners and is the first African airline to
receive the aircraft. Ethiopian’s first 787 is scheduled to arrive in the second
quarter of 2012.
destinations as well as its presence in more markets worldwide, including new
destinations in the Far East.
Ethiopian plans to use the 787 to expand its existing.
Ethiopian Airlines New Aircraft Boeing 787-Dreamliner presentation
Source: Ethiopian Airlines