Ethiopian takes delivery of their 6th B777-200LR


(Posted 06th July 2013)

Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s leading carriers and one of the three African members of Star Alliance, has earlier this week taken delivery of their sixth B777-200LR in a ceremony at Boeing’s Seattle assembly plant. The aircraft has since arrived in Addis Ababa and is being readied for deployment on long haul flights. This version of the B777 is capable of very long distance flights with full passenger and cargo loads, and allows ET to fly nonstop from Addis Ababa to for instance Washington DC, Toronto or Beijing. Ethiopian also operates an all cargo version of this aircraft, the first one in Africa to do so.

Now flying to 75 destinations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and across Africa, the ongoing fleet renewal and additions of new aircraft like the B787 Dreamliner and this latest B777-200LR have pushed the average age of Ethiopian’s fleet to around 7 years, expected to go down further while the ageing B767 fleet is being progressively retired as more and more B787’s are delivered.

Ethiopian only recently launched their flights from Addis Ababa to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with a waypoint stop in West Africa, where they pick up traffic in conjunction with their partner airline ASKY.