Boeing has announced at the Paris Air Show on June 17 that Ethiopian Airlines is the previously undisclosed customer for six 787-8 Dreamliners.
The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
Ethiopian Airlines’ six new Dreamliners will complement the 13 Boeing 787-8s the Addis Ababa-based carrier is already operating.
According to Boeing, the additional 787-8s will represent part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.
“In line with our Vision 2025 strategic road map and our fleet modernization and expansion project, we will keep investing heavily in technologically advanced and modern airplanes,” says Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
The 787-8 uses 20 per cent less fuel and creates a 20 per cent reduction in emissions than the Boeing 767-300ERs it directly replaces.
“This order will enable the airline to realize greater efficiencies, improved performance and enhanced passenger comfort, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the airline which goes back to its first order in 1960,” says Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and CEO.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African operator of the 787. It currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737NG, 757, 767, 777, and 787 jets in passenger service, and also operates 757, MD-11 and 777 freighters, as well as a 737-400F.
The airline also has more Boeing jets on order, but also has an order outstanding for 12 Airbus A350-900 widebodies.