On Monday this week, Ethiopian Airlines announced it has acquired the B737 MAX 8 to join its fleet of aircrafts. This development makes the airline the owner of the biggest plane across Africa.
The Airline’s Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said the acquisition of the aircraft was an immense achievement for the airline, especially as they marked their 100 fleet milestones just a few days earlier.
GebreMariam reiterated that the B737 MAX 8 acquisition was an affirmation of the Ethiopian Airline’s continuing pioneering in the African aviation space. The airline is on a fast, profitable, and sustainable growth plan, it has captured as its Vision 2025.
“Today, we are glad to include the B737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet family with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, we have been pioneering Africa’s aviation with latest-technology fleet throughout our 72 years history,” said GebreMariam.
“In line with our growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet and in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer.
The B737 Max 8 features the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveal LED lighting that enhanced the sense of spaciousness ultimately boosting customers’ experience. The environmentally-friendly aircraft has a minimal carbon-emission and consumes 15% less fuel than the 737-NG.”
The Boeing Sales VP for Middles East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia, and Africa, Marty Bentrott, said the delivery of the B737 MAX 8, a new ultra-modern craft, has grown the Ethiopian Airline’s fleet of Boeing crafts to 73 jets.
Bentrott has praised the airline for being at the forefront of the commercial aviation industry in Africa by flying some of the most advanced airplanes.