• Dangerous games

    Employers' body Neasa is playing a potentially dangerous game, says Terry Bell.

  • Rational thinking

    All players should first consider the net result of their actions, says Leopold Scholtz.

  • Telkom's property poser

    BEE may be hindering Telkom's plans to offload redundant real estate, says Gugu Lourie.

Data provided by iNet BFA
Loading...
See More

Ethiopia to get Africa's first Boeing 787

Aug 10 2012 17:17 Sapa-AP

Related Articles

Boeing profit climbs, lifts forecast

African middle class fuels aviation growth

 
Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Airlines next week takes delivery of Africa's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the airline's chief executive said the plane will first be used on routes around the continent.

The airline takes delivery of the Dreamliner on Tuesday in Seattle, Washington. The plane's maiden flight the following weekend is to carry 250 select customers and VIPs, who will fly around Mount Kilimanjaro on the Tanzania-Kenya border.

"We are really excited to become the first carrier in Africa, Europe, Americas and Middle East to operate this modern aircraft," Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday.

The 787, which so far is operated only by two Japanese airlines, is Chicago-based Boeing's most advanced plane. It is made out of lighter, composite material - 50% of the plane is carbon fibre - that allows airlines to save on fuel costs.

Large windows provide a stronger connection to the outside world, on-board humidity is increased and the cabin pressure is closer to what it feels like on the ground. LED lights that slowly change colour is another feature designed to fight flight fatigue.

Ethiopian Air will put the 787 on its African routes first - to Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe - before it flies to other international destinations, such as Washington DC, Tewolde said.

"This is a game-changer aircraft. It will completely change how people travel across the globe. Not only will we enjoy a 20% reduction in fuel cost but it is environmentally friendly with less carbon emission than any other similarly sized aircraft," Tewolde said.

Ethiopian Airlines ordered 10 787s. Tewolde said five will enter service before the end of the year and will be deployed to long-haul routes. The carrier's other five Dreamliners are expected in early 2014.

The airline's first Dreamliner has 270 seats configured in two classes. It will touch down at Bole Addis Ababa International Airport Aug. 17.

The International Air Transport Association says airline profit margins and cash flows are being squeezed by rising fuel prices, a trend that has heavily affected fragile African carriers. Ethiopian Airlines said it is has been successfully mitigating price hikes with cost saving schemes.

The airline is implementing a 15-year plan to evolve into a diversified aviation group with multiple hubs and business units with a target of $10bn in revenue by 2015. The carrier currently flies to 69 international destinations with an all-Boeing fleet.

*Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

boeing  |  airline  |  boeing 787  |  ethiopia
NEXT ON FIN24X

Let's bring back respect

9 minutes ago

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

Small Business

A cash flow crunch often occurs in small businesses trying to balance cash coming in with cash going out. Watch this video to help you improve.
 
 

No need to keep up with the Joneses

Fin24 users provide their own personal tips on how to save money instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses.

 
 

Start saving...

Where can you stash your cash?
Time the key for retirement saving
Dummy's guide to saving
Save money with affordable account

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...