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Ethiopian Airlines buys 10 Boeing aircraft

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2006 03:00 AM

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has ordered for 10 dreamliners (Boeing 787) to boost its expansion programmes and strengthen its position as a leader in the African aviation industry, the chief executive officer has said.

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has ordered for 10 dreamliners (Boeing 787) to boost its expansion programmes and strengthen its position as a leader in the African aviation industry, the chief executive officer has said.

By Ayiga Ondoga
in Addis Ababa

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has ordered for 10 dreamliners (Boeing 787) to boost its expansion programmes and strengthen its position as a leader in the African aviation industry, the chief executive officer has said.

Girma Wake said the airline would maintain its prominent position in the African airline industry by introducing a business class in 2008 with flat beds and redesigned menus, reflecting Africa’s cultural richness.

Wake said they had also introduced products like new destinations and electronic tickets.

He said the new destinations would be Brussels in Belgium, Dakar in Senegal, Juba in southern Sudan and Libreville in the Central African Republic.

Wake said over the past 60 years, Ethiopian Airlines had played a pivotal role in bringing Africans together and helped bring about social and economic development of the continent.

Ethiopia’s foreign affairs minister Seyoum Mesfin said coperation between Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing should be strengthened to boost the aviation industry.

Mesfin said the airline operates 29 Jumbo airliners, of which 20 are passenger airliners and traverse 48 international destinations.

He said the rest are cargo airplanes and medium aircrafts for internal destinations.

Wake said on April 8, 1946, when the airline made its maiden international flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo, Egypt, air travel was a luxury for a few and the flights were a bumpy ride in the World War II aircraft, C-47, known by passengers as DC-3 propeller planes.

Ethiopian Airlines buys 10 Boeing aircraft

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