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Boeing Delivers its 900th 777 Airplane to Ethiopian Airlines

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Boeing has delivered its 900th 777 airplane to Ethiopian Airlines. The airplane is the ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LR (long range)Worldliner, and is the first of five 777s the airline ordered in 2009.

"With the delivery of its first 777-200LR, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the world's most technologically advanced and longest-range airplane," said Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ato Girma Wake. "This further reaffirms our commitment to be the leader of aviation in Africa."

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the carrier is investing in additional airplanes to broaden its network. The carrier will use the 777-200LRs on new, nonstop service from Washington, D.C., to Addis Ababa and new long-haul, nonstop routes like Beijing.

The 777 program has reached the 900-airplane milestone faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in history. The 777's performance and passenger-preferred interior have made it one of the world's most popular twin-engine long-haul commercial jetliners, with 1,165 orders from 61 customers.

Provisions for up to three optional fuel tanks have been added in the aft cargo area of the 777-200LR to be able to fly a range of 9,395 nautical miles (17,395 km) with full passenger payload (301 passengers).

"As one of the premier airlines in Africa and around the world, Ethiopian has long used Boeing airplanes as a tool for achieving our business goals," Wake added. "The strategic long-range feature of the 777-200LR will again help Ethiopian expand our network and is a perfect complement to the 787s that are on order"

Boeing's partnership with Ethiopian Airlines dates back some 60 years. Today, it operates a fleet of 737, 757, and 767 airplanes in passenger service and 757, MD11 and 747 in cargo operations.

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