Ethiopian Airlines is first in Africa with 100 aircraft in active service

New aircraft is airline's 22nd Boeing 787

Ethiopian Airlines is taking delivery of its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-900, on 5th June 2018.

Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airline to operate 100 aircraft fleet in the history of the continent, thus maintaining its pioneering aviation technology position and continue its leading role in all aspects of Aviation Services on the continent.

Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African B787-800 Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012 and the first African A350 in 2016 and the first African B787-9 aircraft in 2017.

The Airline has 5 more Boeing 787-900 and 16 Airbus A350 airplanes on order, among others.

They now operate one of the youngest and most modern 100 aircraft, with an average age of less than 5 years.

This 100 fleet milestone has seen the company revise plans to phase in more aircraft and further expand their network so as to meet the growing travel needs of the continent and support its economic development and integration by facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO:

“It is an immense honour for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of 100 aircraft. It is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa and a testimony of the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025”.

“Fleet modernization and expansion is one of the four critical pillars of our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, in support of our fast expanding network, which has now reached over 110 international destinations covering 5 continents. Our new and cutting-edge fleet composed of B787s and A350s offer unparalleled on-board comfort to our customers and offer the best possible connections when traveling within Africa and between the continent and the rest of the world.”

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag-carrier of Ethiopia and is wholly Government owned. It is a pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet on the continent and has registered an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

Routes: The airline flies to more than 90 international destinations in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and the Middle East and the USA.

Fleet: Ethiopian current operates 87 passenger aircraft. It operates a mainly Boeing fleet and the current average age of the fleet is five years.

  •   9 Airbus A350
  • 24 Boeing B737
  • 24 Boeing B777
  • 21 Boeing B787
  • 21 Bombardier Q400

(Source: at date of publication)

Passenger numbers: Almost 8 million per year.

Alliance: Star Alliance

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