Ethiopian 14th Boeing 787, 'Colonel Robinson', Makes Humanitarian Delivery on its First Flight to Addis Ababa - 01 July, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has received its 14th B787 Dreamliner named  "Colonel Robinson", leased from AWAS, on 01 July 2016 carrying humanitarian aid.

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Ethiopian has joined with Boeing to deliver medical supplies donated from HANDS (Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services) to Jimma University, Bahir Dar University, and Colleges of Public Health to support much needed medical supplies to neonatal units.  Moreover, additional of 2500 higher-education book from the Ethiopian Historical Conservation Council has also been delivered to Axum University.

Ethiopian, an aviation technology leader in Africa, was the first airline in the world outside Japan to receive and operate B787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft back in August 2012.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are happy to receive our 14th B787 Dreamliner named after Col. John Charles Robinson , who was one of the pioneers in the creation of Ethiopian Airlines by training our first batch of pilots. His contribution also represents the long-standing spirit of friendship that exists between Ethiopia and the United States Ethiopian is proud to be able to make a humanitarian delivery with this flight. As a responsible corporate citizen, Ethiopian continues to contribute positively to the socio-economic development of the country by relentlessly delivering on its corporate social responsibilities. “ 

As fleet expansion is among the four pillars of our 15 years strategic roadmap dubbed Vision 2025 , and hence, we are continually  modernizing our  fleet capability to suffice our ever expanding network and for the extra comfort and satisfaction of our customers.   The  Dreamliner, has  already proved itself in our fleet with its  unmatched combination of operational flexibility, efficiency, and passenger comfort, that will allow Ethiopian to achieve its goal, to be the leading Aviation Group in Africa and a leading global airline.”

Ethiopian is proud to be amongst the carriers with the highest number of Humanitarian Delivery Flights program in Boeing.  This is Ethiopian’s 27th free delivery flight supporting generously transporting relief aid.

Ethiopian has leased additional 2 B787-8 aircraft from AWAS. These aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000-D engines. It accommodates 24 Cloud 9 and 246 Economy seats. The Cloud 9 seats are  equipped with full flat (180 degree) Diamond seat from BE aerospace and Thales Top Avant IFE system.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet 

includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Mrs. Hanna Atnafu

Manager Corporate Communications

Ethiopian Airlines

Tel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/529