Ethiopian Airlines has added into its fleet one CFM56-7B27 powered B737-800 from CIT Aerospace. ET-ANB with flight number ET-9201 ferried from London and arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on September 13, 2009 at 08:10 pm.
The addition of B737-800 will boost Ethiopian’s current capacity requirements especially in view of its increasing number of passengers and expanding operation. This aircraft has a capacity for 16 passengers in Business Class and 138 passengers in the Economy Class and will be operated on the Africa and Middle East routes, including the newly announced Mombasa route, scheduled to receive daily flights from Addis Ababa effective 25 October 2009.
Ethiopian is one of the fastest growing airlines in the industry. In order to meet the required level of fleet size, Ethiopian has 35 new airplanes on order direct from the manufacturers, including the recent orders of five B777-200LRs and twelve A350-900s. Ethiopian has also on order for ten Boeing 787s and eight Bombardier aircraft. Currently, Ethiopian operates 35 aircraft, comprising of ten 767-300ERs, eight 757-200s, two B757-260Fs, two B747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five B737-700s, two B737-800s and five Fokker 50 aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. Currently, Ethiopian is making a huge investment to expand its fleet and broaden its network. Including the recent orders of five 777-200LRs and twelve A350-900s, Ethiopian has 35 new airplanes on order direct from the manufacturers which will enable the airline to operate one of the newest and environment-friendly fleet in Africa. In July 2009, Ethiopian won ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ award at African Business Award organized by the London based African Business Magazine and Common Wealth Business Council. In August 2008, Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities. Ethiopian was the winner of the ‘2008 Best Airline in Africa Award’ at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria, for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa. Source: Ethiopian Airlines