Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the
first of thirty Boeing 737 MAX jets.
In Ethiopian Airline's configuration, its
737 MAX 8 will seat 160 passengers.
"We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8,
the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and
modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than
five years," said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde
GebreMariam. "The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features the new Boeing sky
interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window
reveals, LED lighting that enhance the sense of spaciousness
ultimately boosting our customers' experience. Since it is more
fuel efficient than the current 737-NG, it has less carbon
emission to the environment."
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in
Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,500 orders to date from
99 customers worldwide.
The 737 MAX family of aircraft is powered by CFM
International LEAP-1B engines.
"Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the
forefront of Africa's commercial aviation industry by operating
the most advanced airplanes," said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales
vice president for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia &
Africa. "We are honored by Ethiopian's continuing confidence in
Boeing airplanes and we look forward to growing our five-decade
With this delivery, Ethiopian's fleet of Boeing
airplanes grows to 73 jets, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737
MAX, and the 757 and 767.