Addis Ababa, 19 March 2022 — Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and leading aviation
group in Africa, and its longstanding partner, Boeing Inc. today announced the carrier is
further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said ”The addition of these five B777
Frieghters into our cargo fleet will enable us to meet the growing demand in our cargo operation.
While cementing our partnership with the Boeing Company with new orders, the growth of our
freighter fleet takes the capacity and efficiency of our shipment service to the next level. We always
strive to serve our customers with the latest technology aircraft the aviation industry could offer.
Our Africa’s largest cargo terminal coupled with fuel efficient freighters and well trained cargo
handling professionals will enable our customers get the best quality shipment service. Customers
can rely on Ethiopian for wide-ranging cargo services across five continents.”
Boeing’s market-leading 777 Freighter is the world’s largest, longest-range and most
capable twin-engine freighter currently flying with 17% lower fuel use and emissions
compared to prior airplanes. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet of nine 777
freighters, utilizing the range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and maximum structural
payload of 107 tonnes (235,900 lb) to connect Africa with 66 dedicated cargo centers
throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Ethiopian Cargo and
Logistics Services covers 127 international destinations around the world with both belly
hold capacity and dedicated freighter services.
“We value the trust that Ethiopian Airlines places in the 777 Freighter to support their
cargo ambitions which will provide them with increased capability and flexibility to their
operations,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales and
Marketing. “Additional 777 Freighters will enable Ethiopian to capitalize on near-term
cargo demand, while positioning the airline for further expansion in the future.”
In early March 2022, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines also announced the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding with the intent to purchase five 777-8 Freighters, the
industry’s newest, most capable and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.
Ethiopian Airlines also operates three 737-800 converted freighters, as well as a combined
passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets including 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy-five years of operation,
Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational
success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating
the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations across
five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus
A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter,
Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. Ethiopia is the first airline in
Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called
Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business units: Ethiopian
International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation
Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services, Ethiopian Airports Services and Ethiopian Express
Services (Domestic). Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in
the pre covid seven years.