Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest and most successful airline, and Boeing Inc., its long-time partner, announced that the carrier is further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters (current freighters).
“The addition of these five B777 Freighters to our cargo fleet will help us to satisfy the increased demand in our cargo business,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew stated. While we continue to strengthen our relationship with Boeing through new orders, the expansion of our freighter fleet expands the capacity and efficiency of our cargo service.
The world’s largest, longest-range, and most capable twin-engine freighter, Boeing’s 777 Freighter, is currently operating with 17 percent reduced fuel use and emissions than previous jets.
Ethiopian Airlines now runs a fleet of nine 777 freighters with a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) and a maximum structural payload of 107 tonnes (235,900 pounds) that connect Africa to 66 designated cargo terminals around Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Ethiopian Airlines also operates three 737-800 converted freighters, as well as a combined passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets including 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s.
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