Ethiopian Receives the Sixth of the ten ordered Boeing 737-800NG Sky Interior - 31 May, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has received a brand new next generation Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior on May 31, 2013. The addition of this aircraft will bring the number of the total fleet to 58.

"Ethiopian Airlines has always been committed to introducing industry best practices and acquiring the latest technology. The addition of this brand new aircraft is a continuation of our fleet renewal and growth to ensure a mix of the youngest and most modern aircraft,"said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.

This Boeing 737-800 Sky Interior aircraft will join the most modern aircraft in Ethiopian fleet such as the Dreamliner, 777-200LR and Bombardier Q-400.

The Boeing Sky Interior has new cove lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entry way. Passengers on Ethiopian 737s will enjoy a more open cabin and a soft blue sky overhead simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, which is easily controlled by a touch screen control board.

The aircraft also has new features such as modern overhead bins, advanced aerodynamics, maximum reliability, efficiency, passenger appeal and optimized engine design that adds up extra comfort to passengers.

About Ethiopian

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 72 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 "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from the Bombardier Aerospace; "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine; "Transformation Award 2012" from Planet Africa Network; "International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality" from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR). Also Captain Desta Zeru, Vice-President of Flight Operations, won "Africa Legend of Travel" award from African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine; and Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, won "African CEO of the year" from the African CEO Forum as well as "African Business Leader of the Year" award from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).

With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.