Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has successfully integrated
its four 787 Dreamliner aircraft in to its fleet with record length of non-stop
flights and record high daily aircraft utilization in the industry. Since its first
delivery in mid-August of last year, Ethiopian has logged 5,560 flight hours with
average daily aircraft utilization of 14 hours.
Ethiopian is the first African and the third airline in the world to own and
operate the Dreamliner. Since their entry into service, Ethiopian Dreamliners have
been performing well bringing the ultimate travel experience to its passengers.
Currently, the four Ethiopian Dreamliners are deployed on regularly scheduled
flights to Johannesburg, Washington D.C., Toronto, Frankfurt, Beijing, Lusaka and
Harare by alternating with its B-777-200 LR. In fact, Ethiopian Airlines is the
only carrier in the world, which has reached the design range capabilities of the
Dreamliners by flying the aircraft from Washington D.C. to Addis Ababa (11500 km),
which is the longest non-stop commercial service in record for the fleet.
"We are pleased with the performance of our Dreamliners. The Dreamliner
is a highly capable and safe aircraft, which has enabled Ethiopian to enhance its
service. The feedback from our passengers has been overwhelmingly positive and in
some instances contributed to higher than expected passenger load factors on routes
it has been deployed," said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian. "However,
like any new technology aircraft entering into service, it is normal to encounter
some minor bugs here and there, which are causing some technical delays in departures
as extra time is needed to correct them", he added.
Ethiopian will receive its 5thDreamliner in March 2013. The remaining five Ethiopian
Dreamliners will be phased-in in 2014.
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 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 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline
is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025
strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.
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