Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 Freighter on 19 September 2012, the carrier becoming the first African airline to operate the B777 Freighter.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said: “This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating Boeing’s 777 Freighter, today we are also taking our cargo operations to a new level and into a new era.”
“As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world – between Africa and Europe, Middle East, and Asia – the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities,” added GebreMariam.“The B777 Freighter aircraft has unparalleled performance in its category fleet with its long-range capability, exceptional cargo uplift, special capabilities in temperature control for fresh produce and life science materials, and fuel efficiency. As a result, we will deploy this aircraft on longer routes for carriage of flowers, fruits and vegetables with the aim of expanding and improving our cargo service in support of our national fast growing exports,” said GebreMariam.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline outside of Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the first African airline to operate the Boeing 777-200LR. It currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767, 777, and 787 jets in passenger service and 757, MD-11, 747, and 777 freighters in cargo operations.