LOS ANGELES – November 1, 2012 – International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC),
a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), announced
today that Ethiopian Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, has
agreed to lease three of Boeing’s new Dreamliner 787-8 aircraft.
"ILFC is proud to reinforce our partnership with Ethiopian Airlines by adding
to their fleet the most advanced aircraft in the skies today – Boeing’s Dreamliner,"
said ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron. "Ethiopian is a proud airline
with a history of success and commitment within Africa and international destinations
around the world. We look forward to their continued success."
Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said, "In
line with vision 2025 strategic road maps, Ethiopian is scaling up its fast, profitable
and sustainable growth. Being the first in Africa and third in the world to operate
the 787 Dreamliner aircraft and being satisfied with the performance of the fleet
in service, Ethiopian is pleased to bring the B787 fleet to thirteen by 2015. We
value our partnership with ILFC."
ILFC’s Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Colin Bole commented, "Africa
presents a real opportunity for the aviation industry to expand and contribute to
the growth and prosperity of the continent. ILFC is committed to partnering with
the region’s strategically minded airlines such as Ethiopian." Last year ILFC opened
a full-service office in Amsterdam to support regional customers including those
The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015 and will carry
GEnx-1B70/75 engines. ILFC is the largest customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
with an order book of 74 aircraft. The 787 incorporates visionary technologies that
provide environmental improvements together with enhanced fuel efficiency and passenger
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 70 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
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 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleets, the airline
is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its 2025 strategic
plan to become the leading Aviation group in Africa.
ILFC is the world’s largest independent aircraft lessor measured by number of
owned aircraft. ILFC’s portfolio consists of over 1,000 owned or managed aircraft,
as well as commitments to purchase 239 new high-demand, fuel-efficient aircraft
and rights to purchase an additional 50 of such aircraft.
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance
organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. AIG companies serve commercial,
institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide
property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading
providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG common
stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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