Ethiopian Takes Delivery of its Second Dreamliner - Makes Maiden Flight to Paris - 05 October, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, has taken another leap forward by receiving its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Ethiopian second Dreamliner was delivered in Seattle on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Friday, October 5, 2012.

On the same day, Ethiopian second Dreamliner made its first scheduled flight to Paris. Ethiopian Dreamliner’s flight to Paris is part of tour of stations Ethiopian has been making with its Dreamliner.

Since August 2012, Ethiopian Dreamliner, "Africa First", has been flying to destinations in its extensive network across the world, adding new level of comfort to its valued customers. Ethiopian is the first in Africa and ahead of any outside of Japan to own and operate the 787.

Ethiopian currently has 5 flights a week from Paris to Addis Ababa with convenient connecting services to destinations in West, Central and South West Africa such as Cameroun, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Libreville, Douala, Malabo, and Pointe Noire.

Passengers from Paris can now enjoy the ultimate travel experience on-board the Ethiopian second Dreamliner joining major destinations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia served by Ethiopian Dreamliner. They have enjoyed the unparalleled comfort with less noise, biggest windows in the sky, higher ceiling, higher humidity and unique lighting offered on board Ethiopian Dreamliner.

Ethiopian has eight remaining orders of the Dreamliner, three of which are expected to be delivered within this fiscal year. Ethiopian second Dreamliner will be deployed on to Washington in the coming weeks. The latest addition of 787, increases Ethiopian fleet to 51.

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 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 fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.