Boeing 787 Dreamliner Debuts In Africa With Ethiopian Airlines

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its African debut with the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines’ first jet in Addis Ababa. Registered ET-AOQ and dubbed “Africa First”, the new aircraft touched down at Bole International Airport yesterday morning from Washington DC with invited guests, media, paying passengers and company executives led by Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam.


Ethiopian Airlines has configured its B787 Dreamliner with 270 seats in a 2-class layout. 24 angled-flat seats are fitted in a 2-2-2 configuration in Cloud Nine business class, while Economy Class features 246 slimline seats. All passengers will have access to an on-demand inflight entertainment system, while also enjoying the Dreamliner’s improved cabin space and ambiance.


The airline will now embark on a “Dream Tour” with the aircraft flying a special VIP roundtrip from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro in Kenya today, before entering service with a series of pan-African flights to destinations including Abuja, Accra, Brazzaville, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lome, Luanda, Lusaka, Malabo, Maputo, Mombasa and Nairobi. Beyond Africa, the airline has announced Dubai, Frankfurt, Jeddah, Mumbai and Washington DC as destinations planned for B787 service as more aircraft join the fleet.


Ethiopian Airlines becomes only the third carrier to operate the Dreamliner, joining fellow Star Alliance member All Nippon Airways and its Japanese rival Japan Airlines. The carrier has 10 of the revolutionary jets on firm order and will receive 5 aircraft by the end of 2012.


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