Families separated from loved ones by the conflict queued up with dignitaries to board two Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL] jets in Addis Ababa – many of the passengers waving flags and wearing t-shirts with slogans celebrating the rapprochement.
The visit comes a month after Abiy surprised people by fully accepting a peace deal that ended a two-year border war between the two countries. The meeting sparkled hope for the halt of one of the most difficult African crises.
Ethiopian, which will eventually have the largest 737 Max fleet in Africa, already operates 15 737-800s and three -700s, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.
The ruling EPRDF coalition, which has held power since 1991, said it had taken the decision because economic reforms were needed to sustain rapid growth and to boost exports.
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner on June 6, 2018, once again leading the way in fleet expansion and modernisation in Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will take delivery on June 5, of its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-900.
The award was received by the Airlines’ Airport Manager, Tsegaye Assefa and the Sales Manager, Abdulrahman Muhammed.
Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African B787-800 Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012 and the first African A350 in 2016 and the first African B787-9 aircraft in 2017.
Ethiopian Airlines commenced operations between Abidjan (ABJ) and New York Newark (EWR) on 12 May, a service that originates in Addis Ababa.
“The market trend for high-performing and larger turboprops is intensifying,” Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer said, emphasizing this latest booking is Ethiopian’s fifth reorder.