Ethiopian Airlines has received a second leased Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft, General Electric Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) announced yesterday.
Ethiopian Airlines currently leases two Boeing 777F freighters, two Boeing 737-700s and a Boeing 757-200 from GECAS, which has worked with the airline since 1993.
On the occasion of the delivery yesterday Ryan Barrett, GECAS senior vice president sales and marketing for Sub-Saharan Africa said, “Helping customers like Ethiopian build their business and expand the vital infrastructure of air travel in Africa is exactly what GECAS does best and why we are the industry leader globally, and in Africa. We congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on the newest addition to its fleet and are delighted to be part of our longstanding customer’s continued growth.”
“We have a longstanding and mutually beneficial partnership with GE,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam. “Most of our fleet are powered by GE engines, and GECAS is our major partner in our fleet growth and modernization project. With the boom of travel between Africa and the rest of the world, and our vision 2025 strategic roadmap of fast, profitable and sustainable growth, we aim to more than double our current fleet size by 2025. Our partnership with GE is, therefore, set for a very bright future.”
On the delivery flight the aircraft transported 3 300 kilograms of medical and educational supplies to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, donated by the US non-profit organizations Seattle Alliance Outreach and Evangelical Africa Mission Outreach. The equipment and supplies will go to the Black Lion Hospital, the largest general hospital in Ethiopia. In addition, more than 100 computers donated by the Bellevue, Washington, School District will go to Ethiopia’s Goba High School.
Over the last ten years Ethiopian Airlines has transported around 68 000 kilograms of humanitarian supplies over 19 humanitarian flights.
Ethiopian Airlines received its first 777-300ER from GECAS in November last year. It is the carrier’s biggest aircraft with a capacity of 400 seats. The 777-300ER can fly up to 7 825 nautical miles (14 490 kilometres) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine.
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737, 757, 767, 777, and 787 jets and Bombardier Q400 turboprops in passenger service and a 757, MD11, 747, and 777 in cargo operations. It was the first African airline to operate the 777-200LR, the first to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the first in Africa to order the 777 Freighter.
GECAS is optimistic about the African commercial aviation market and forecasts that the aviation industry and demand for aircraft in Africa will continue to grow significantly faster than the global average, driven by intra-African commerce and Africa’s increasing share of global trade. In Sub-Saharan Africa, GECAS currently leases 36 aircraft to 12 airlines in eight different countries and maintains offices in South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya.