Ethiopian Airlines Orders GE90-115B Engines to Power the Boeing 777 Fleet - 18 November, 2009

Ethiopian is pleased to announce that it has ordered GE90-115B Engines to power its five Boeing 777-200LR aircrafts including one spare engine. The announcement was made at the Dubai Air show held on November 16, 2009. The engine order is valued at more than $350 million at list price.

The CEO of Ethiopian, Ato Girma Wake said, "As a rapidly growing world class African airline, we are enhancing our reach and offering better choices to our customers through continuous expansion of our route network. Alongside the rapid growth and expansion, we continue to hold dear our social values and responsibly discharge our social obligations in protecting the environment. Our purchase of the GE engines, we believe, will be of help to us in achieving our objective and reaffirming our commitment to our corporate social responsibilities."

"Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airline to order the GE90-115B powered Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and was the first African airline to order GEnx engines for its Boeing 787 aircraft," said Kevin McAllister, Vice President and General Manager of Sales, GE Aviation. "GE Aviation is extremely proud of the trust and confidence Ethiopian Airlines has in our outstanding engine products, and we look forward to working with them to ensure successful entry into service."

Ethiopian currently operates 29 Boeing aircraft and expects deliveries of five Boeing 777s and ten 787s in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Including the recent orders for 12 A350s and eight Bombardier Q400s, Ethiopian will operate one of the youngest and greenest fleet in Africa with better comfort and efficiency.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946.

In July 2009, Ethiopian won ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ award at African Business Award organized by the London based African Business Magazine and Common Wealth Business Council.

In August 2008, Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry.

Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

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