Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the largest B737 MAX fleet in Africa on the 2nd of July, 2018. The B737 MAX 8 has certain unique features such as LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness thereby boosting customers’ experience, the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals. The environmentally friendly aircraft consumes 15% less fuel than the 737-NG and has reduced carbon emission.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said, “It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach this milestone a few days after we colorfully marked our 100 fleet milestone and the latest acquisition is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation and the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, 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 5 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. In line with our growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet an in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer.”
With this delivery of the new ultra-modern aircraft, Ethiopian’s fleet of Boeing airplanes therefore, increases to 73 jets, including the 787 Dreamliner, 757, 737 MAX, and the 767 and 777.
“Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa’s commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced airplanes. We are honored by Ethiopian’s continuing confidence in Boeing airplanes and we look forward to growing our five-decade long partnership,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales Vice President for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa.