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Ethiopian Airline CEO tours his 787 Dreamliner ahead of delivery

By Ethiopian Airlines
News Release Ethiopian Airlines
April 18, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines - Tigrai Online Ethiopian Airlines will be first African carrier to operate the 787 later this year

While in Seattle to meet with Boeing executives to discuss delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliners, Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, took a special tour of the airline’s first 787 to be delivered later this year.

“All of Ethiopia is excited about the delivery of our first Dreamliners and the whole country can be proud of being the first in all of Africa to receive this game-changing airplane,” said Ato Tewolde. “Taking this step forward before so many other airlines is a true testament to our drive to be the aviation leader in Africa and beyond.”

Ato Tewolde met with Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Commercial Airplanes; as well as Larry Loftis, 787 vice president and general manager; and other program leaders to talk about the airline’s first delivery and to receive an update on the 787 program and production. 

“With our first delivery fast approaching, it was important for me to be in Seattle to meet with the leadership team there to make sure we are on track for our delivery and see how progress on our first airplane is progressing,” said Gebremariam.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to order the 787 Dreamliner when they placed their order for 10 787s in February 2005. They will also be the first to operate the 787 when they take delivery of their first later this year. Ethiopian Airlines was also the first African carrier to operate the 777-200LR (now with five in their fleet). The airline currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11 and 747 in cargo operations. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has several airplanes on order in Boeing’s backlog, including six 777 Freighters (two to be leased from GECAS and four purchased from Boeing), two 777-300ERs to be leased from GECAS, and eight more Next-Generation 737s

For more information about this press release, please contact:
Manager PR & Publications
Ethiopian Airlines
Tel: (251-1) 517-84-07
publicrelations@ethiopianairlines.com
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