Ethiopian Airlines announced on Monday that it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 14, 2012, in Seattle, Washington.“Ethiopian Airlines is proud to be the first airline from Africa, Europe, Americas and Middle East to take delivery of the Dreamliner, and to be able to offer its passengers the ultimate travel experience on-board this game changing aircraft before other carriers,“ the airline said.
"The fact that we are the first airline outside Japan to receive this ultra modern aircraft is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the best possible travel experience, with the best industry products and services." said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.
After taking delivery, Ethiopian will fly its Dreamliner to Washington D.C. the next day, where the aircraft will be on display. During the exhibition, Ethiopian Dreamliner is expected to be visited by US Senators and House Representatives as well as Ambassadors, Executives from the World Bank and IMF, members of the Ethiopian community, the media and other invited guests.
Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner, the first to be received by a non-Japanese carrier, will make its historic trip to Africa and will touchdown at Bole Addis Ababa International Airport on August 16, 2012. The airline will hold celebrations in Addis Ababa for the arrival of the aircraft and will soon announce its first Dream destinations.Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner interior is configured with 24 Cloud Nine business class seats and 245 economy class seats.
Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner interior has, among other things, the following new features for passengers’ increased comfort and convenience: Higher humidity; bigger storage for onboard luggage; 60% smaller noise footprint than peer airplanes; biggest windows in the sky; Unique and adaptable lighting to the environment.