Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the first B737 MAX of the largest fleet of that model in the Continent on July 2, 2018.
The B737 MAX 8 features the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness ultimately boosting customers’ experience. The environmentally friendly aircraft has a minimal carbon emission and consumes 15% less fuel than the 737-NG.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach this milestone a few days after we colorfully marked our 100 fleet milestone and the latest acquisition is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation and the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025. Today, We are glad to include the B737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet family with an average age of less than 5 years.
As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, we have been pioneering Africa’s aviation with latest-technology fleet throughout our 72 years history. In line with our growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in a further expansion of our fleet an in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer.”
With this delivery of the new ultra-modern aircraft, Ethiopian’s fleet of Boeing aeroplanes grows to 73 jets, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737 MAX, and the 757 and 767.
“Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa’s commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced aeroplanes,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa. “We are honoured by Ethiopian’s continuing confidence in Boeing aeroplanes and we look forward to growing our five-decade long partnership.”
Addis Ababa, July 2, 2018