Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four
Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it will take delivery on 5 June 2018 of its
100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-900, the 1st for an African airline to operate 100 aircraft fleet
in the history of the continent, thus maintaining its pioneering aviation technology
leadership role and ascertaining its leadership position in all aspects of Aviation
Services in the continent.
On the planned delivery of the 100th aircraft, Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde
GebreMariam said: “It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of
100 aircraft. This milestone is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa
and a testimony of the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth
plan, Vision 2025.
Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first
African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African B787-800
Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012 and the first African A350 in 2016 and the first
African B787-9 aircraft in 2017.
Ethiopian now operates one of the youngest and most modern 100 aircraft, with an average age
of less than 5 years. Fleet modernization and expansion is one of the four critical pillars of our
Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, in support of our fast expanding network, which has now
reached over 110 international destinations covering 5 continents.
Our new and cutting-edge fleet composed of B787s and A350s offer unparalleled on-board
comfort to our customers and offer the best possible connections when traveling within Africa
and between the continent and the rest of the world.
This 100 fleet milestone, which we have achieved ahead of our Vision 2025 targets, compels us to
revise our plans with a view to phase in more aircraft and further expand our network so as to
meet the growing travel needs of our continent and support its economic development and
integration by facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism. We will continue to
connect more and more Africans with their fellow citizens of the continent and with their
brothers and sisters in the rest of the world to make life better every single day.”
Ethiopian operates a mix of state-of-the-art aircraft with an average fleet age of five
years. The Airline has 5 more Boeing 787-900 and 16 Airbus A350 airplanes on order,
among others. Ethiopian was the first African Airline and second only to Japan to
operate the B787 Dreamliner in 2012 and the first carrier in Africa to usher with the
Airbus A350 XWB in 2016.
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