Ethiopian Airlines has become the first airline service in Africa to add Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. The aircraft model is one of the most technically advanced, ultra-comfortable, fuel-efficient and environment-friendly aircraft in the 787 family that Ethiopian will operate. Ethiopian Airlines was the first in the world outside Japan to receive and operate the 787-8 back in August 2012.
Both the 787-8 and 787-9 offer superior and unmatched onboard comfort, thanks to their unique features such as the biggest windows in the sky, high ceiling, less noise, distinctive lighting, higher air humidity as well as 20% less fuel. The 787-9 is 20 feet or 6 meters longer than the 787-8 and has more passenger capacity with 315 seats and more cargo space.
Tewolde Gebre Mariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Continuing our legacy of pioneering aviation technology in Africa, we are proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting-edge 787-9 into our young and fast-growing fleet. Today, the 787 is our core fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in latest technology aircraft such as the 787 and A350, which makes us among the very few airlines in the world to simultaneously operate these two most cutting-edge aeroplanes. We invite the travelling public to join us in one of our flights to enjoy the new level of comfort of the B-787-9.”
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to more than 100 international destinations in five continents using 93 most modern and youngest fleet, 20 of which are B787 Dreamliner, deployed on its long-haul routes.