Tewolde Gebre-Mariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines has told The Reporter that in line with the airlines major expansion activities it is in discussions with Boeing management to purchase 5 787-8 Dreamliners.
Ethiopian Airlines ordered 10 Dreamliners in 2005 making it the first amongst African airlines to procure the state of the art airplanes
On Sunday, December 11, Capitan Desta Zeru took the Dream liner on an inaugural flight around the city of Addis Ababa twice and landed in Bole international airport in view of a large crowd including representatives of media, Ethiopian Airlines staff and government officials.
The celebratory event hosted by Ethiopian Airlines gathered guests together for a press release which was held in the expansive quarters of the Dream Liner where there was a surprise visit by the country’s First lady Azeb Mesfin.
The Dreamliner is a long range, mid size wide body twin engine jet airliner that seats up to 300 people, consumes 20 percent less gas and produces 60 percent less noise than other airplanes.In related news Ethiopian has officially joined the Star Alliance Group on Tuesday.