Boeing has seen two existing customers order a total of three additional Boeing 777s within two days.
On July 20, Korean Air finalized an order for two Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing valuing the order at $596 million at list prices.
The previous day, Ethiopian Airlines ordered an additional Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, to add to the carrier’s existing fleet of five 777-200LRs. Boeing values the order at approximately $276 million at list price.
Korean Air, Korea’s flag carrier, is in the midst of expanding its widebody fleet to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia.
Incheon-based Korean Air currently operates 34 Boeing 777 jets, including 10 777-300ERs. With this order, the airline has six more 777-300ERs on order from Boeing.
Korean Air became the first airline in the world to operate both the Boeing 747-8 Freighter and the Boeing 777 Freighter, after a historic double-aircraft delivery in February.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to operate the Boeing 777-200LR, the first to order the Boeing 787 (with an order for 10) and the first to order the Boeing 777 Freighter.
Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 jetss in passenger service and a 757, MD-11 and 747 in cargo operations.
“The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open direct routes from Washington D.C to Addis Ababa as well as Addis Ababa to Beijing, Toronto and other long range routes.
Gebremariam added: “In line with our Vision 2025, we plan to provide more and more non-stop long-haul flights to connect east, west, north and south using the strategic location of our Addis Ababa hub.”
The Boeing 777-300ER seats up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers). The Boeing 777-200LR carries more passengers and more revenue cargo farther than any other jetliner, according to Boeing, and is capable of connecting virtually any two cities in the world non-stop.