Ethiopian Agrees to Purchase 5 New Cargo Planes from Boeing

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing on Friday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent to purchase five 777-8 Freighters, the industry’s newest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.

The agreement to order the 777-8 Freighter will enable Ethiopian Airlines to meet expanding global cargo demand from its hub in Addis Ababa and position the carrier for long-term sustainable growth.

“We are pleased to sign this MoU with our longstanding partner Boeing, which will make us join a select group of launch customer airlines for the fleet,” said Ethiopian Airlines’ Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

Ethiopian airlines’ vision 2035 plans to expand its Cargo and Logistics to be one of the largest global multi-modal logistics providers in all continents.

“To this effect, we are increasing our dedicated Freighter fleet with the latest technology, fuel efficient and environment-friendly airplanes of the 21st century,” said the Group CEO.

In addition, Tewolde said the airline has already started the construction of the largest E-commerce Hub Terminal in Africa.

“The new 777-8 Freighters will be instrumental in this long journey of growth agenda,” he added.

Ethiopian Airlines cargo services currently cover more than 120 international destinations around the world with both belly hold capacity and dedicated Freighter services.

“Ethiopian Airlines has been at the forefront of Africa’s cargo market for decades, growing its fleet of Boeing freighters and connecting the continent to the flow of global commerce,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

“The intent to purchase the new 777-8 Freighter further underscores the value of our latest airplane and ensures Ethiopian will remain a key player in global cargo, providing it with increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency for the future,” Mounir added.

Boeing launched the new 777-8 Freighter in January and has already booked 34 firm orders for the model, which features the advanced technology from the new 777X family and proven performance of the market-leading 777 Freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates nine 777 Freighters, connecting Africa with more than 40 cargo centers throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Americas.

The carrier’s fleet also includes three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters and a combined commercial fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets including 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s.


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