ETHIOPIA – A Boeing Dreamliner 787-900 delivery will next month will mark the 100th addition to the Ethiopian Airways fleet. The highly rated four star SKYTRAX Global airline will also be the first in the continent to achieve such a feat.
“It is with immense honour for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of 100 aircrafts. The milestone is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa and a testimony of the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan and vision 2025,” said the Ethiopian group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.
Indeed the airline has been a trendsetter in as far as renewing and modernizing fleet dating back in time. In 1984 the airline operated the first B767 in Africa and in 2010 operated the first B777-200LR. In 2012 the airline was the first in the continent to order for the Dreamliner B787-800 and in the same year a B777-200 freighter. The years 2016 and 2017 were equally historical as the airline received the first A350 and B787-9 respectively on African soil.
Currently the airline boosts a total of 99 aircraft and these include the following; 9 A350-900XWB, 19 B787-8, 2 B787-9, 4 B777-300ER, 6 B777-200LR, 6 B767-300ER, 16B737-800W, 8 B737-700NG, 21 Q400, 6 B777-200LRF and 2 B757-260F in its fleet. With the number of aircrafts on order, it won’t be long before Africa’s biggest Aviation group hits the 200 aircraft mark.
The 100th aircraft milestone has been achieved ahead of the Vision 2025 targets which has now compelled the airline to revise their strategy and plan to further expand their network so as to meet the ever growing travel needs in Africa and worldwide.
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