Ethiopian 1st B787 Dreamliner, dubbed "Africa First", landed at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Wednesday, 29 August 2012.
Ethiopian is the first airline outside Japan to operate the Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the world. Abuja has become one of the few airports in the world to receive the Dreamliner aircraft, ahead of many major destinations in the Americas, Europe or Asia. Abuja is part of Ethiopian extensive network in Africa and was chosen as one of the first destinations for the Dreamliner because it is the political capital of one of Africa’s most important countries and hosts the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the regional seat of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The Dreamliner offers passengers unmatched on-board comfort with greatly reduced noise, higher ceilings, biggest windows in the sky, higher humidity and unique lighting. As Africa’s flagship carrier, Ethiopian is committed to provide its esteemed passengers from Abuja and elsewhere the best possible travel experience with the newest fleet as well as five star service delivery.
Starting 20 September 2012, Ethiopian will deploy the Dreamliner daily on its Washington D.C route.
Airlines Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 69 international destinations spanning four continents.
Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer