Soaring Together: Ethiopian Airlines And Boeing’s Historic Pact

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Dreamliners, MAX Jets, And A Vision For Tomorrow

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 5, 2024Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest aviation group, has forged a significant partnership with Boeing, a global aerospace leader. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that underscores their longstanding relationship and sets the stage for remarkable growth.

The Airline is set to acquire 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and 20 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. The deal also includes an option for 15 additional 787 Dreamliners and 21 more 737 MAX jets. Remarkably, this order represents the largest-ever purchase of Boeing airplanes by an African carrier.

Ethiopian Airlines will also receive the 787-9 variant of the Dreamliner family. These aircraft are known for their 25% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions compared to their predecessors. Additionally, the airline is adding the 737-8 model, which boasts a 20% reduction in fuel use and emissions and a 50% smaller noise footprint. Both families of aircraft prioritize environmental performance and passenger comfort.

This strategic move aligns with Ethiopian Airlines’ ambitious Vision 2035 Strategy. The carrier aims to modernize and expand its fleet, enhancing connectivity and service quality for passengers. The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX exemplify the airline’s commitment to technologically advanced and environmentally conscious airplanes.

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will collaborate on cabin modification services for the carrier’s existing 787 Dreamliners. These comprehensive retrofits will enhance the passenger experience with advanced in-flight entertainment and new seats, including lie-flat business-class seats.

With this partnership, both companies contribute significantly to regional growth, estimated at approximately 6%. Ethiopian Airlines’ expanded flight network will connect Addis Ababa with destinations as far as Seattle in the U.S., fostering economic development and global connectivity.

Summarily, this historic agreement between Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing not only strengthens their business ties but also propels Africa’s aviation industry toward a brighter future.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group (Ethiopian) is the fastest-growing airlines brand globally and the continent’s largest airline brand. In its seventy-seven years of successful operations, Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline, has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet category consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate most of these aircraft. Having achieved its strategic plan (Vision 2025) ahead of time, Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2035 that will see it become one of the top 20 most competitive and leading aviation groups in the world by providing safe, secured, market driven and customer focused Passenger and Cargo Transport and Logistics, Aviation Training, Airport Management and Ground Services, MRO and Aerospace Manufacturing and Travel and Tourism Services. As a multi-award-winning airline, Ethiopian has been the champion in various coveted awards including Skytrax’s ‘Best Airline in Africa Award’ for six consecutive years among others. The airline has been a Star Alliance member since 2011 and has been registering more than threefold growth in the past 10 years.

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airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top
U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic
opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to
innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the
company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

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