Ethiopian to become first non-Japanese airline to receive 787 next week

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Published: August 7, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) said it will take delivery of the first of 10 Boeing 787s it has on order Aug. 14 ( ATW Daily News, May 2, 2006 ).

It plans to receive the aircraft in Seattle and then fly it to Washington DC to display for dignitaries. ET’s Dreamliner is slated to arrive in Addis Ababa Aug. 16.

The airline has not announced 787 destinations yet; there have been indications it is interested in using the aircraft to operate flights from Addis Ababa to China and South America.

“The fact that we are the first airline outside Japan to receive this ultra modern aircraft is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation,” ET CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement.

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