AFRICA: Boeing wins US$1.3B order from Ethiopian
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order for five Boeing 777-200LRs, worth an estimated US$1.3 billion at list prices making it the largest order of the year for Boeing. With the order, Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African carrier to order and operate the ultra-long-range 777-200LR model. Ethiopian was the fi rst African carrier […]
September 1, 2009
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian said it will use the 777-200LR to fly to new long-haul nonstop markets such as Washington and Beijing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Th e 777-200LR is the only airplane in the world that offers the range and efficiency Ethiopian needs to serve long-haul markets and further position Addis Ababa as a strategic hub for East Africa,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Ethiopian Airlines is currently an all- Boeing operator. With the exception of the 747, it has operated every heritage Boeing commercial airplane since the 707. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As one of the premier airlines in Africa and around the world, Ethiopian has long used Boeing airplanes as a tool for achieving its business goals,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mounir said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The strategic long-range feature of the 777-200LR will again help Ethiopian expand its network and will be a perfect complement to its 787s.Ã¢â‚¬Â