Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian said it will use the 777-200LR to fly to new long-haul nonstop markets such as Washington and Beijing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Th e 777-200LR is the only airplane in the world that offers the range and efficiency Ethiopian needs to serve long-haul markets and further position Addis Ababa as a strategic hub for East Africa,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Ethiopian Airlines is currently an all- Boeing operator. With the exception of the 747, it has operated every heritage Boeing commercial airplane since the 707. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As one of the premier airlines in Africa and around the world, Ethiopian has long used Boeing airplanes as a tool for achieving its business goals,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mounir said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The strategic long-range feature of the 777-200LR will again help Ethiopian expand its network and will be a perfect complement to its 787s.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Boeing 777 will be integral as we bring our business to the next level,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Girma Wake. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boeing has been an important and valued partner to Ethiopian for many, many years. This order reinforces the deep ties between our two companies.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ethiopian currently operates a fleet of six 737s, nine 757s, 10 767s and one MD-11BCF, with a second MD-11BCF due to arrive in August. It has 10 787s on order.