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The African skies, and Ethiopian Airlines passengers, are soon to be graced and serviced by some of the best modern aircraft in use today.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and fastest growing commercial airline in Africa, is celebrating the delivery of what is the first of 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier airline of Ethiopia, will now operate the improved 737, which is expected to see the airline achieve a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency whilst simultaneously provide passengers with a more comfortable flying experience.
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“We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years," remarks Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
"The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances 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.”
"As a customer-centric airline with a 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 further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer," concludes GebreMariam.
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Over 4 500 orders have been placed by 99 customers worldwide, making the 737 MAX the fastest-selling aeroplane in Boeing history. New features include large flight deck displays, the Boeing Sky Interior and other improvements that will increase efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort.SEE: India's Jet Airways to buy 75 Boeing jets in multi-billion dollar order