Following the directive of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Ethiopian
has decided to temporarily pull its B787 Dreamliners out of service for precautionary
inspection on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
The US FAA issued a directive on January 16, 2013 that mandates operators to
perform special inspection requirements on the Dreamliner airplane battery system
in accordance with a method approved by it. This directive was issued following
recent incidents that occurred on Dreamliner airplanes operated by two other airlines.
Ethiopian Dreamliners have not encountered the type of problems such as those
experienced by the other operators. However, as an extra precautionary safety measure
and in line with its commitment of putting safety above all else, Ethiopian has
decided to pull out its four Dreamliners from operation and perform the special
inspection requirements mandated by the US FAA.
The airline has been operating the Dreamliner since mid-August last year. Ethiopian
Dreamliners have been performing well in the five months service logging record
length of non-stop flights and record high daily aircraft utilization in the industry.
Since it first received the Dreamliner, Ethiopian has logged 5,560 flight hours
with average daily aircraft utilization of 14 hours.
Ethiopian is working closely with Boeing to comply with the US FAA approved special
inspection procedure on the battery system and perform the maintenance as per the
directive. The airline aims to return the Dreamliners to service as soon as possible,
after full compliance with the new procedure.
Ethiopian would like to apologize to its esteemed passengers for any inconvenience
this may cause in their travel experience.
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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