Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of the first of four Boeing 777-300ERs on November 8, 2013.
The B777-300ER is the largest aircraft in the airline’s fleet with a nearly 400-passenger seating capacity.
The Ethiopian B777-300 ER will operate in the airline’s busiest routes such as Guangzhou; Washington, DC; Dubai and Luanda.
The aircraft is scheduled to serve the Addis Ababa – Luanda route three times a week beginning November 11, 2013, and three times a week on the Addis Ababa – Guangzhou route beginning November 16, 2013.
Service to Washington Dulles International airport in Washington, DC will commence in June 2014.
“The introduction of the B777-300 ER into our fleet is a major milestone, as it will be our biggest aircraft with a 400 seat capacity. Ethiopian B777-300 ER will give our passengers the best possible travel experience with its spacious cabin interior, high ceilings, advanced in-flight entertainment system, increased stowage capability and additional cargo uplift flexibility,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The aircraft will be deployed on our long haul non-stop routes to the US and China and will give us exceptional range capability and fuel efficiency.”
“For more than half a century, Ethiopian has been at the forefront of providing its passengers with the most innovative products. The 777-300ER continues this tradition and represents another significant milestone in the long history between both our companies,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-300ER will be a key player in the continued success of Ethiopian, offering more capacity, increased flexibility and exceptional comfort on its operations worldwide.”
Ethiopian currently serves 76 destinations across five continents and was recently awarded African Business of the Year at the annual African Business Awards. The carrier’s partnership with Boeing stretches back over six decades, with a current fleet of nearly 50 Boeing airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet that includes 757s, 777 Freighters and a MD-11