Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets in what will be the largest 737 MAX fleet in Africa.
The airline and Boeing on 2 July said with the delivery of the new aircraft, Ethiopian’s fleet of Boeing aircraft grows to 73 jets, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737 MAX, and the 757 and 767.
The first MAX left Seattle on 1 July on its delivery flight via Ireland.
“Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa’s commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced airplanes,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “It is an immense honour for all of us at Ethiopian to reach this milestone a few days after we colorfully marked our 100 fleet milestone and the latest acquisition is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation and the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025. Today, we are glad to include the B737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single- aisle series, in our young and modern fleet family with an average age of less than 5 years.
“In line with our growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet an in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer.”
Ethiopian flies to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years.