Ethiopian Airlines gets biggest Boeing aircraft

PlaneEthiopian Airlines has received a Boeing 777-300ER jet, the first and biggest of its kind for the African carrier.

In a statement, Boeing confirmed that it gave the jet to GE Capital Aviation Services to be leased to Ethiopian Airlines.

The 777-300ER is now the largest aircraft in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet.

“The introduction of the B777-300 ER into our fleet is a major milestone, as it will be our biggest aircraft with a 400 seat capacity,” Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operation Officer of Ethiopian Airlines said after taking delivery of the aircraft.

According to Tassew, the aircraft which will seat nearly 400 passengers in a two-class configuration, will be deployed on long haul non-stop routes to the US and China.

The carrier said it plans to add three new 777-300ERs to its fleet in the near future.

The 777-300ER can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine.

Ethiopian currently serves 76 destinations across five continents

By Ekow Quandzie

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