|Ethiopian Adds Fourth Boeing 777 Freighter into Its Fleet - 21 November, 2014|
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, is pleased to announce
that it has received its fourth B777-200 LR Freighter on 19 November 2014.
Ethiopian was the first in Africa to receive and operate the B777-200 LR freighter
on 19 September 2012 and is still the only African operator of this modern aircraft.
The aircraft, which has exceptional uplift, range and fuel efficiency, is perfectly
suited for the transport of Africa’s growing import and export freight.
In line with the country’s plan to enhance the export of horticulture and floriculture
products and the airline’s vision 2025 strategic road map, Ethiopian is not only
expanding its fleet capacity and cargo terminal but also replacing its old aircraft
with the most latest and environmentally friendly airplanes with large capacity.
The Boeing 777 Freighter is equipped with GE90 series of engines which is the
world's most powerful turbofan and largest commercial engines. The engines are fitted
with first ever composite fan blade in commercial aviation on the GE90. This uniquely
curved blade design is lighter, more aerodynamic and larger than traditional titanium
blades. The lighter blades reduce the weight of the engine and help lower fuel burn
which in turn increases capacity contributing to the performance and efficiency
of the aircraft.
"Our operation of new-generation, high performance aircraft and building one
of the largest cargo terminals in the world reflects our commitment in expanding
and improving our cargo service to support the exponentially growing imports and
exports of our country in particular and the continent in general," said Mr. Tewolde
Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.
Ethiopian Cargo, the largest cargo operator in Africa, currently flies to 24
freighter destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe using 9 dedicated
freighters, including the longest range twin-engine freighter B777-200 LR as well
as MD-11 aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline
in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue
and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has
been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the
first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767
in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only
to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing
777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is
the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025
that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa with seven strategic
business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service;
Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight
Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning,
including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an
average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.
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