(07 Mar 2022, 12:08 +07)
 
Ethiopian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Boeing highlighting its intent to purchase five
777-8 Freighters.

The 777-8F has a payload capacity nearly identical
to the 747-400 Freighter and a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency,
emissions and operating costs.

The MOU 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.

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
777 Freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-8F

“Consistent with our history of aviation
technology leadership in Africa, we are pleased to sign this MOU
with our longstanding partner Boeing, which will make us join
select group of launch customer airlines for the fleet. In our
vision 2035, we are planning to expand our Cargo and Logistics
business to be one of the largest global multimodal logistics
provider 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.
We have also started the construction of the largest E-commerce
Hub Terminal in Africa,” said Ethiopian Airlines’ Group CEO
Tewolde Gebremariam. “The new 777-8 Freighters will be
instrumental in this long journey of growth agenda. Today, our air
cargo services cover more than 120 international destinations
around the world with both belly-hold capacity and dedicated
freighter services.”

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.

“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.”

 


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