Ethiopian Airlines has said it is expanding its all-Boeing cargo fleet with an order for five B777 freighters which is the contemporary cargo aircraft.
In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr Mesfin Tasew, explained that the addition of the five freighters was “to meet the growing demand in our cargo operations.”
The airline said while cementing its 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.”
Boeing’s market-leading 777 freighter is the world’s largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter currently flying with 17 per cent lower fuel use and emissions compared to prior airplanes.
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates nine B777 freighters, utilising 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 centres throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
“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.