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| Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787 arrives at Addis Ababa |
11 December 2011, a remarkable date for Ethopian Airlines as Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its debut on African soil at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport. And also the airlines acquired the membership of the Star Alliance.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines stated, “We are pleased to be the first African airline to receive and operate the environmental leader, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Addis Ababa on its first tour to Africa. We will be providing our passengers with better flight experience, continuing our tradition in leading improved performance standards and asserting our leadership on the continent.”
Captain Desta Zeru, Vice President Flight Operations, took off the new aircraft from Haikou, China to Addis Ababa on 11 December 11 2011, becoming the first African captain to fly the 787.
Ethiopian has an order for 10 Dreamliners and is the first African airline to receive the aircraft. Ethiopian's first 787 is scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of 2012. Ethiopian plans to use the 787 to expand its existing destinations as well as its presence in more markets worldwide, including new destinations in the Far East.