Ethopian airlines makes history as Boeing 777X first African customer

Bisola David
Bisola David
Ethopian airlines makes history as Boeing 777X first African customer

The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Mesfin Tasew, declared that the carrier has placed a definite order for eight 777-9 aircraft and that it has options for a further twelve of these massive jetliners, each of which can carry over 400 people according to Bloomberg.

Business Insider reported that, with an approximate worth of $11 billion, the agreement gives Boeing some sales momentum as it works to finish the aircraft family’s certification. For the 777X family, Boeing has received 453 orders in all, with roughly half of that backlog reserved for Emirates, a company located in Dubai.

Ethiopian stated in a statement that “It intends to employ the largest-ever twin-engine aircraft, the 777-9, to serve high-demand markets in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 15 737 Max aircraft make up the majority of Ethiopian Airlines’ current fleet, which consists of Boeing types.”

Ethiopian Airlines has remained committed to Boeing in spite of recent difficulties. As part of its fleet modernization strategy, the airline announced orders for 20 Boeing 737 Max and 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliners last year.

This enduring partnership was put to the test in 2019 when a 737 Max workhorse crashed shortly after takeoff due to pilots fighting a feature that was eventually connected to a defective Boeing design. This collision, the model’s second deadly event in five months, led to the model’s global suspension.

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