Ethiopian Airlines proudly announces that it has taken delivery of the first of the five 777-200LR that the airline ordered in 2009 from the Boeing Company.
The 777-200LR is the World's largest twin engine and long-range airliner with a capacity of connecting virtually any two cities nonstop. The 777-200LR is the first entirely computer-designed commercial aircraft.
"With the delivery of its first 777-200LR, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to acquire and operate the world's most technologically advanced airplane with the longest range," said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Girma Wake.
The addition of 777-200LR will reaffirm Ethiopian's position as the leader in the aviation industry of Africa. With its full payload of more than 300 passengers, the 777-200LR ultra modern 21 century aircraft will fly from Washington to Addis Ababa nonstop.
"The 777-200LR is the only airplane that provides the range and efficiency that Ethiopian needs to service its long-haul routes," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 777 program. " And it's our pleasure to deliver this airplane to our trusted customer," he added.
The 777-200LR carries more passenger and revenue cargo farther than any other jetliner. It can carry a full cargo load on routes where other airplanes are payload limited-giving airlines the ability to carry the same number of passengers farther and with additional revenue- generating cargo.
"As one of the premiere airlines in Africa and around the World, Ethiopian has long used Boeing airplanes as a tool for achieving its objectives," said Ato Girma.
The multi-faceted feature of the 777-200LR will further help Ethiopian expand its network and is a perfect complement to the 787s that are on order.
Currently, Ethiopian operates 46 aircraft, comprising of eleven 767-300ERs, eight 757-200s, two 757-260Fs, two 747s, two MD- 11Fs, five 737-700s, four 737-800s, seven Q400, and five Fokker 50 aircraft.
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.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer