Ethiopian Airlines 1st Dreamliner touched down at Addis Ababa Bole
International Airport on 17 August 2012 at 9:30 Am. The Dreamliner had flown from
Washington DC, Dulles international Airport, after a static display for VIPs including
members of US Congress, World Bank and IMF Executives, Ambassadors, as well as members
of the Ethiopian Diaspora and media.
The 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner was welcomed at Addis Ababa Airport by
H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,
other Ministers and State Ministers of Ethiopia, Ambassadors based in Addis Ababa,
representatives of aviation stakeholders, other invited guests, the media and Ethiopian
Airlines management. The aircraft received a rapturous welcome by all those present
with cheers and applause by Ethiopian staff and airport employees carrying banners
and flags and Ethiopian transit passengers, who happened to be at the airport on
this historic occasion.
Two fire trucks shot out the traditional celebratory water shower as the airplane
approached its parking area in front of the Ministerial Salon. The Dreamliner was
escorted by flight crew, flight attendants and flight technicians proudly harboring
the green Ethiopian uniform. A Police Marshal band was also on hand playing in the
background, in honor of Africa's first Dreamliner.
H.E Mr. Hailemariam said, "The arrival of the Dreamliner is an affirmation of
Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to play a leading role in the development of our
country through the provision of the best possible, reliable and fast expanding
On arrival, CEO, Tewolde G/Mariam said, "We are celebrating today the arrival
of our firs 787 dreamliner on African Soil. With this arrival, Ethiopian has once
again demonstrated that it continues to be the pioneer in African aviation by being
the first airline in the world, outside Japan, to take delivery of the most technologically
advanced commercial aircraft. This is a great success not only for Ethiopian but
for the African Aviation in general."
Ethiopian has ordered 10 Dreamliners in total, five of which will arrive before
December 2012. Ethiopian has already announced rotating destinations, primarily
in Africa, for its 1 st Dreamliner. In mid- September, when the airline receives
its 2 nd Dreamliner, it plans to deploy the aircraft on its Washington D.C. route.
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 2025 strategic
plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.
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