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
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
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
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"
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
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