After taking delivery of Africa first B787 Dreamliner in late August, and then showcasing the aircraft across Eastern Africa to reclaim the spotlight, often dimmed by less than best and possible PR and Corporate Communications, the airline is now aiming at another African first when a new B777F is joining their fleet.
The B787 was on show in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and other African destinations, to show the travel trade, frequent travelers and the media what long haul flights with Ethiopian will soon look like, as more of the Dreamliners are joining Africas largest fleet.
The addition of the B777F in turn will signal a further commitment to stay on top of Africas cargo aviation, allowing ET to fly greater tonnages to further away destinations, when the new bird has arrived on or about the 20th of this month at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
Already does Ethiopian operate a fleet of 6 cargo aircraft and the delivery of the first of 6 ordered B777F will be followed by a second such aircraft in October this year, with the remaining four due for progressive delivery by 2014.
While other African aviation giants like Kenya Airways have only more recently started to play catch up with dedicated cargo aircraft, Ethiopian has actively developed the concept of cargo aviation over many years and is as a result one of Africas foremost cargo carriers, including the cargo uplift underfloor in wide body passenger aircraft.
Well done to Ethiopian once again for bringing another First to the African continent and happy landings to the bird and its crews for years to come.
And as always, watch this space for breaking and regular news from the vibrant aviation industry in Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.