APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopian airlines announced on Wednesday that it will acquire two Boeing 777-200LRs in November, making the airline “the first in Africa to operate the world’s most technologically advanced and longest-range aircraft”, a statement said here.
Ethiopian airlines, which bought these planes with a multi million dollar investment, currently operates an all-Boeing fleet, including the 737, 757, 767, MD11 Freighter and one 747 cargo aircraft.
Ethiopian’s vision of the future includes five 777-200LRs and ten 787 Dreamliner as well as 12 Airbus 350s, all of which will significantly enhance its network expansion and generate more revenue.
The airline is expected to spend billions of dollars to acquire these planes.
“The 777-200LR aircraft, which entered service in March 2006, has the capability to connect virtually any two cities in the world non-stop. It will enable Ethiopian Airlines to connect Addis Ababa to the U.S. and to more destinations in Asia non-stop,” said airline.
Ethiopian’s 777-200LRs are configured to carry a total of 321 passengers and a full cargo load on routes where other planes are limited.
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