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  • Ethiopian Airlines will buy six of its 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft for $1.3bn. Posted on 22 June 2015

    Boeing has confirmed that Ethiopian Airlines will buy six of its 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft for $1.3bn.

    Previously, the company had announced the deal, but did not identify the buyer in its order book.

    Ethiopian Airlines is buying the Dreamliners to boost passenger capacity and increase route flexibility from its hub in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

    Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said: "In line with our Vision 2025 strategic road map and our fleet modernisation and expansion project, we will keep investing heavily in technologically advanced and modern airplanes.

    "This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopia because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers. The Boeing 787 has earned approval of customers and we always work hard to cater to our customers' preference."

    "This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopia because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers."

    The 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will burn 20% less fuel and emit 20% less particulate matter compared airplanes they replace, and complement Ethiopian Airlines' existing 13 787 aircraft.

    Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said: "The 787 is a perfect fit for Ethiopian's medium to long haul routes.

    "This order will enable the airline to realise greater efficiencies, improved performance and enhanced passenger comfort, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the airline, which goes back to its first order in 1960."

    Separately, Ethiopian Airlines has also signed a $500m deal with Rolls-Royce to use its Trent 1000 engines to power the 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The deal also includes long-term TotalCare support services for the engines.

    Gebremariam added: "We have confidence that it will deliver outstanding lifetime fuel burn, performance and reliability."

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