Ethiopian Airlines received Africa’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Friday, making Ethiopia the only country aside from Japan to operate the innovative aircraft.
“As a continent this shows how much we are making progress as Africans… competing on the global stage and changing our image,” Ethiopian Airline CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.
The plane arrived from Dulles airport in Washington, DC, home to the largest Ethiopian diaspora population globally.
State-owned Ethiopian Airlines — Africa’s fastest growing carrier — has purchased ten 787 Dreamliners from Boeing. Each has an official list price of some $207 million, although airlines rarely pay such figures, especially for bulk orders.
Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner stopped at Washington Dulles International Airport en-route to Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline outside of Japan to enter the next generation aircraft into service. This is the first of 10 Ethiopian 787 Dreamliners it will receive from Boeing.