AFRICA: Ethiopian adds 10 737- 800s to all-Boeing fleet
Boeing has announced that Ethiopian Airlines has placed an order for 10 Next- Generation 737-800s, valued at $767 million at list prices. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the carrier is investing in the additional airplanes to expand itsfleet and broaden its network. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since its founding in December 1945, Ethiopian Airlines has been a dedicated Boeing […]
February 1, 2010
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since its founding in December 1945, Ethiopian Airlines has been a dedicated Boeing operator Ã¢â‚¬“ from [the carrierÃ¢â‚¬™s] first flights using DC-3 propeller-driven airplanes between Addis Ababa and Cairo, to recent orders for the long haul 787s and 777-200LRs, and continuing now with 737-800s. Ethiopian Airlines has been among the most profitable airlines in the region and one of our most valued partners,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
In 2009, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to order and operate the ultra-long-range 777- 200LR model. Ethiopian also was the first African carrier to order the 787 Dreamliner, ordering 10 in 2005.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Boeing Next-Generation 737 has proven to be a reliable and profitable component of our fleet,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ato Girma Wake. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boeing has been an important and valued partner to Ethiopian for many, many years. This order reinforces the deep ties between our two companies.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ethiopian Airlines is an all-Boeing operator. With the exception of the 747, it has operated every heritage Boeing commercial airplane since the 707. The airline operates five 737-700s and two 737-800s. Ethiopian also operates nine 757s, 10 767s and one MD-11BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter), with asecond MD-11BCF arriving in August.