Ethiopian Airlines has committed to purchase two B777 Freighters at the Paris Air Show, valued at USD 651.4 million at list prices, bringing the carrier’s maindeck fleet up to two B757Fs and eight B777Fs upon delivery.
“Building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world and operating new-generation, high-performance aircraft reflects our commitment in expanding and supporting the exponentially growing imports and exports of our country in particular and the African continent in general,” commented Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. The commitment to purchase the two B777 Freighters is expected to boost Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, he added.
Ethiopian currently serves 100 international and 21 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet on the continent. Its freighter fleet currently consists of two B757-200PCFs and six B777Fs, along with the belly holds of six B767-300ERs, six B777-200LRs, four B777-300ERs, 18 B787-8 Dreamliners (one more on order) and four A350-900s (with 20 on order). The carrier also has four B787-9 Dreamliners on order as well as a number of B737s.
“The 777 Freighter’s range capability, combined with its enhanced cargo capacity, makes it the perfect airplane for Ethiopian to continue to profitably grow its global freighter service, linking trade routes between Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.