Addis Ababa – Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has received its 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner dubbed “Niagara Falls” on 2 October 2014.
Ethiopian, an aviation technology leader in Africa, was the first airline in the world outside Japan to receive and operate in August 2012 the B787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft.
The airline has chosen the B787 as its core fleet on its mid and long range routes such as Johannesburg, Lagos, Abuja and Harare in Africa; London, Paris and Frankfurt in Europe; Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul in Asia; Washington D.C., Toronto and Brazil in the Americas. The Toronto and Washington D.C. routes are recorded as the longest non-stop routes using the B787.
The B787 is ideal for mid and long range travel with unique features that enhance the customer experience such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin air humidity, unique and adaptable lighting and biggest windows in the sky. It also enables the airline to reduce its carbon footprint with up to 20% less fuel consumption than similar aircraft in activity.
Ethiopian CEO Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said “We have chosen the 787 as our core fleet on our mid and long range routes as part of our commitment to our esteemed customers to give them the best possible travel experience. Today, Ethiopian has the youngest fleet in Africa with an average age of 7 years and in line with our long term, fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy, Vision 2025, we plan to phase-in new and modern aircraft such as the B787s, B777s, A-350 and the B-737-8 MAX to support our fast expanding global network”
Ethiopian is Pan-African global carrier serving 83 destinations across five continents from its main hub at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
The airline currently has a fleet of 71 aircraft, including the Q-400 New Generation for domestic and regional routes, the B737 Next Generation with Sky Interior, the B787 Dreamliners, the B777-200LRs, the longest range commercial aircraft in activity, and the B777-300 ER with a capacity of 400 passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa with seven strategic business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning, including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.