ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing announced the carrier is further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters.
The announcement today come a couple of months after the airlines signed an agreement with Boeing Inc. with an intent to purchase another five 777-8 Freighters, described as the aviation industry’s newest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine cargo plane.
Boeing’s 777 Freighter is the world’s largest, longest-range and twin-engine freighter currently flying with 17% lower fuel use and emissions compared to prior airplanes.
Meeting Growing Cargo Demand
Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said the addition of the five B777 Freighters would help the airlines to meet the growing demand for Cargo service.
“While cementing our partnership with Boeing with new orders, the growth of our freighter fleet takes the capacity and efficiency of our shipment service to the next level,” said the Group CEO.
The freighter fleet connects Africa with 66 dedicated cargo centers throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
“Our Africa’s largest cargo terminal coupled with fuel efficient freighters and well trained cargo handling professionals will enable our customers to get the best quality shipment service,” he said. “Customers can rely on Ethiopian for wide-ranging cargo services across five continents.”
‘Boeing values Ethiopian trust’
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet of nine 777 freighters, utilizing the range of 4,970 9,200km and maximum structural payload of 107 tons.
“We value the trust that Ethiopian Airlines places in the 777 Freighter to support their cargo ambitions which will provide them with increased capability and flexibility to their operations,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.
“Additional 777 Freighters will enable Ethiopian to capitalize on near-term cargo demand, while positioning the airline for further expansion in the future.”
Today’s announcement brings the number of planes Ethiopian airlines ordered from the US plane makers in the past two months to 10. In March, the airlines signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing with an intent to purchase five 777-8 Freighters.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services covers 127 international destinations around the world with both belly hold capacity and dedicated freighter services. Apart from the B777 freighters, the airlines also operates three 737-800 converted freighters, as well as a combined passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets including 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s.
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