Ethiopian Airlines has taken another leap forward by receiving its third brand new 777–200LR on Friday, January 28, 2011. The 3rd 777-200LR arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport this morning at 0830 LT, carrying passengers from Seattle and Washington.
Ethiopian Airlines plans to substantially increase its network worldwide which will be supported by technological and environmental advanced fleet. This move will, no doubt, enable Ethiopian to provide competitive and enhanced products and services to its customers.
Ethiopian Airlines’ 777–200LR is the longest range commercial aircraft in the world, currently operating non–stop from Washington to Addis Ababa. The airline would take delivery of two more 777-200LR before the end of 2011.
For the second time in the 777-200LR delivery flight, Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) partnered to deliver a shipment of medical equipment to Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia’s largest hospital. Approximately 2,700 pounds (1.2 metric tons) of medical supplies were loaded into the cargo hold of the 3rd new Boeing 777-200LR.
Ethiopian currently operates a total fleet of 45 aircraft. In addition, the airline has 34 new airplanes on order direct from the manufacturers, including the two 777–200LRs and twelve A350–900, ten 787s and ten 737–800 Jets.
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946.
In July 2009, Ethiopian won ‘Airline of the Year 2009' award at African Business Award organized by the London based African Business Magazine and Common Wealth Business Council.
In August 2008, Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.
Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award' at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.