Ethiopian Airlines continues to grow as world class African airline, with the introduction of its 5th 777-200LR on July 22, 2011 named “The Sahara”. Ethiopian brand new 777-200LR arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport this morning, carrying to its full load from Seattle with a stopover in Paris, for the first time.
Ethiopian Airlines named the five 777-200LRs with African land marks highlighting the theme of "The New Spirit of Africa". Accordingly, the first 777-200LR named, “The Blue Nile”, the second “Rift Valley” , the third “Victoria Falls”, the fourth “Mount Kilimanjaro and the fifth “The Sahara”.
"We are satisfied with the performance of the 777-200LRs. Our customers like it, our pilots like it. It is a very good airplane. With this airplane, we are able to cut travel time of our US and Beijing routes by two to three hours.", said Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines when he received the new airplane at Bole International Airport.
The 777-200LR interior offers passengers an enhanced onboard experience with state-of-the-art electronic sleeper seats in Cloud Nine and reclining seats with more legroom and spacious cabin in Economy, allowing passengers to fly with comfort. It has also over eighty entertainment channels that allow passengers to listen and watch channels of their choice.
Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the world’s most technologically advanced and long-range airplane in the world, further reaffirming its leading position on the continent.
In addition, Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline in Africa to order the 787 Dreamliner and it will be the first African carrier to operate the 787 in the first quarter of 2012. Ethiopian’s vision of the future includes ten 787s, as well as 12 Airbus 350s, all of which will significantly enhance its network expansion and generate more revenue.
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the most successful and leading airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Milan, Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 63 international destinations spanning four continents.
Recently, Ethiopian received the 2011 “Airline Reliability Performace Award" from Bombardier aircraft manufacturer based in Canada. Besides, Ethiopian won the 2010 “Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award” for its outstanding performance at the Wire Kit Harness Manufacturing Plant. In 2009, Ethiopian scooped the “NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Award” and “Airline of the Year" award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). 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.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer