Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ethiopian Orders Ten Boeing 737-800s

Ethiopian announced that it has signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase ten 737-800s aircraft, delivery of which is scheduled to begin November 2011. Mr. Girma Wake, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, signed a definitive agreement with Mr. Skip H. Thompson, Boeings Sales Director for the Middle East and Africa, at the Ethiopian headquarters. The total order is worth USD 767 million at a list price.

Regarding the new order, Mr. Girma said, Ethiopian Airlines continues to progress with its rigorous fleet and network expansions catering to its growth needs. The new aircraft orders will enable the airline to fly one of the newest and greenest aircraft in Africa. The added capacity will also create further momentum to the growth of the airline in particular and the African economy in general.

"Since its founding in December 1945, Ethiopian Airlines has been a dedicated Boeing operator from its 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, "said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The Boeing 737-800s are the best-selling version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family. The 737 next generation aircraft is known for its reliability, fuel efficiency, and economical performance. It incorporates an advanced-technology of wing design that helps increase fuel capacity and efficiency, both of which increase range. Ethiopian selected the B737-800s for its short and medium range operations in Africa and the Middle East to support the ever growing market demand.

Ethiopian currently has a fleet of 37 aircraft and a firm order for 45 aircraft, including eight Q400s to begin arriving in March 2010, five 777-200LRs to be delivered starting in November, ten 787s slated to begin arriving in July 2011 and twelve A350s set scheduled for delivery in 2017. The Q-400 will be used for domestic and regional services.

Source: African Aviation

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