Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the
airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
After taking delivery, Ethiopian will fly its
Dreamliner to Washington D.C. where the aircraft will be on
display and is expected to be visited by VIP guests and media.
The aircraft will then make its inaugural trip
to Africa with its first revenue flight from Dulles International
Airport to Bole Addis Ababa International Airport.
"Today begins the first day in a new era of
flying for our passengers and brings us even closer to our vision
for the future, Vision 2025," said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of
Ethiopian Airlines. "We are pleased to be the first airline in the
world outside Japan to receive this technologically advanced
aircraft. We have been waiting for this airplane and now that we
officially have it and will show it to the world, I can say with
pride, it was worth the wait. This airplane is going to move
Ethiopian Airlines to the forefront of aviation leadership around
The 787 Dreamliner is composed of light-weight
composites and features numerous system, engine and aerodynamic
Ethiopian Airways has nine more 787 Dreamliners
remaining on order. The airline was the first African airline to
operate the 777-200LR, the first to order the Boeing 787
Dreamliner, and the first to order the 777 Freighter. Ethiopian
Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767
and 777, and now 787 airplanes in passenger service and a 757,
MD11 and 747 in cargo operations.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flying at Farnborough Airshow 2012 and
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