30 October 2017

First African Registered 787-9 Maiden Flight Delivers Cargo of Medical Aid  

Ethiopian Airlines Leases First of Type for Continent

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Shipping News Feature US – ETHOPIA – Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787-9, which Ethiopian is leasing through an agreement with AerCap. The aircraft touched down in Addis Ababa following a non-stop 8,354 mile (13,444 km) delivery flight and carrying a precious cargo of donated medical equipment for two Ethiopian hospitals. Ethiopian becomes the first carrier in Africa to operate the 787-9.

Ethiopian Airlines conducted its 32nd Humanitarian Delivery Flight as part of the 787-9 delivery. In conjunction with the non-profit Seattle Alliance Outreach, the air transported goods donated by medical organizations in the US to both the Black Lion Hospital and the St. Paul Hospital in Ethiopia. Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said:line

"We are proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting-edge 787-9 into our young and fast growing fleet. Today, the 787 is the core of our fleet with 20 aircraft in service. Our investment in the latest technology airplanes is part of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer complete on-board comfort.

We will continue to invest in the most advanced aircraft to give our customers the best possible travel experience. We are very happy to continue our longstanding partnership with Boeing to deliver medical equipment and supplies to public hospitals in Ethiopia, which benefit the society at-large."

"We are pleased to see the 787-9 enter into Ethiopian's growing Boeing fleet. The 787-9 will further enhance the Ethiopian network with its incredible range and capacity," said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president sales for Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Russia & Central Asia Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Ethiopian Airlines operates a Boeing fleet of 737, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service and six 777 and two 757-200 airplanes in cargo operations.

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