Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airlines added one more De Havilland Dash 8-400 to its regional fleet. It's the African carrier's 25th aircraft of the same type.
The Ethiopian flag carrier took delivery of the aircraft last week (July 26) with a ceremony held at the De Havilland plant in Toronto.
The airline operates an all Dash 8-400 fleet turboprop fleet on its regional routes. Ethiopian expects to receive eight more Dash 8-400 over time.
During the delivery ceremony, Ethiopian chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam told that the Dash 8-400 is a highly capable aircraft for operations in the region, especially in high altitude and hot temperatures.
“We are a very happy customer… Keep building this great airplane and we’ll keep flying it,” Gebremariam said.
Ethiopian Airlines is by far the largest airline in Africa and with more than 120 international destinations served.
The Star Alliance member operator has grown rapidly in the last ten years.
Todd Young, De Havilland’s Chief Operating Officer told that Ethiopian Airlines was providing unparalleled service to its customers in Africa.
The airline has seen “dramatic growth” throughout Africa, Young added.