Ethiopian Airlines lands Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner in Accra Saturday

Ethiopian Airlines’ history making aircraft the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner will land in Accra Saturday September 1, 2012, officials of the airline company have said.

Ethiopian Airlines is making history in the African airline industry by becoming the first in Africa and the only second airline operator in the world to own the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner.

The other airline company in the world that has the Dreamliner is All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan. The first 787 was officially delivered to ANA on September 25, 2011.

The state-run airline company took delivery of the aircraft named ‘First African’ on August 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

The Boeing 787 range of aircraft provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance, the plane’s manufacturer, Boeing says on its website.

“The airplane uses 20 percent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes. It will also travel at a similar speed as today’s fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85. Airlines will enjoy more cargo revenue capacity,” Boeing says.

According to Boeing composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787 including the fuselage and wing.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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