Ethiopian Airlines Marks Historic Boeing Purchase at Dubai Airshow

In a landmark agreement at the Dubai Airshow, Ethiopian Airlines has set a new standard in African aviation history with its largest-ever purchase of Boeing airplanes. The carrier has committed to ordering 11 787 Dreamliners and 20 737 MAX airplanes, with the potential for an additional 15 and 21 jets, respectively. This significant order underscores Ethiopian Airlines’ ambitious growth plan and its Vision 2035 Strategy.

Dubai Airshow
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Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, expressed pride in this milestone, highlighting the importance of the order in modernizing and expanding the airline’s fleet. This deal not only strengthens the long-standing partnership between Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing but also reflects the carrier’s dedication to environmental responsibility and providing passengers with the most advanced aircraft available.

Expanding and Enhancing Ethiopian’s Fleet

Ethiopian Airlines’ new commitment positions the carrier to further strengthen and diversify its already impressive fleet, which currently includes more than 80 Boeing jets. The airline, known for operating Africa’s largest Dreamliner fleet, will see a significant expansion with the addition of the 787-8s and 787-9s. Moreover, the new 737 MAX order, increasing the airline’s backlog for the fuel-efficient jet to 50, will be a substantial addition, enhancing Ethiopian’s narrowbody capabilities.

“Ethiopian Airlines continues its leadership as one of Africa’s preeminent airlines with this landmark commitment to expand their 787 and 737 MAX fleets. Ethiopian was the first African airline to take delivery of the 787, and the Dreamliner family continues to play an integral role in its long-haul fleet. With their decades of experience operating our single-aisle and widebody jets, we appreciate Ethiopian Airlines’ confidence in our products and the strength of our relationship after more than 75 years of collaboration.”

Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing
Dubai Airshow
Photo by Airways Magazine via X.

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines also agreed to work together to provide cabin modification services for the carrier’s existing 787 Dreamliners. The comprehensive retrofits will enhance the passenger experience with advanced in-flight entertainment and new seats in all cabins, including lie-flat business-class seats from Boeing joint venture Adient Aerospace.


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