Seattle - Boeing delivered the first 737 MAX 8 to the largest airline operator in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines. It is the first of thirty MAX 8 ordered by Ethiopian.
Ethiopian Airlines has been a loyal user of the Boeing 737 for years. The African carrier used its 737s mainly on routes within Africa. At the moment, the company operates 24 Next-Generation 737s.
The total fleet of Ethiopian Airlines consists of about a hundred aircraft, with an average age of less than five years: 9 A350-900, 21 Bombardier Q400 Dash 8, and 73 Boeing of several types including 757, 767, 777 and 787.
"The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting enhancing the sense of spaciousness ultimately boosting our customers' experience. Since it is more fuel efficient than the current 737-NG, it has less carbon emission to the environment,"said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam.
As a customer-centric airline with high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in the further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer,he added.
The 737 MAX series aircraft combines the newest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, newly designed winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other aerodynamic and cabin improvements to offer the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa's commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced airplanes,said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa.
We are honored by Ethiopian's continuing confidence in Boeing airplanes, and we look forward to growing our five-decade long partnership,he added.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling commercial aircraft in Boeing history. To date, It accumulated more than 4,500 orders from 99 customers across the globe.