Ethiopian Airlines has revealed itself as the customer for a firm order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, the carrier also securing options and purchase rights for 15 more 737 MAX 8 jets.
Boeing has previously listed Ethiopian Airlines’ order for Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on the manufacturer’s Orders & Deliveries web page as being for an unidentified customer.
The order, which the manufacturer values at more than $2.1 billion at list prices, represents the largest single Boeing order from an African carrier in terms of the number of aircraft involved.
“Today’s order underlines our commitment to our 15-year strategic plan, ‘Vision 2025’, in which Ethiopian will strive to become the leading airline group in Africa, carrying 18 million passengers per annum,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, during a visit to the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa National Forum in Chicago.
“The 737 MAX will form a key component of that strategic vision, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation,” Gebremariam added.
To date, the manufacturer has received firm orders for a total of 2,294 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from 47 customers worldwide.
Ethiopian Airlines serves more than 83 destinations across five continents from its base at Bole International Airport, which serves Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian flag carrier’s partnership with The Boeing Company has existed for more than half a century, ever since it ordered Boeing 720B jets from the U.S. manufacturer in the early 1960s.
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates more than 50 Boeing jets. These include 737NGs, 757s, 767-300ERs, 777s and 787 Dreamliners as passenger aircraft and a cargo fleet of 757s, 777 Freighters and MD-11s.