Ethiopian Airlines recently unveiled its first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane, the first in Africa, at Washington Dulles airport. Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam named the new aircraft “Africa First.” The new 787 represents an important technological milestone for all African airlines, Gebremariam said, and also serves to remind the world about Ethiopian Airlines’ expansion of tis route structure throughout the globe. Ethiopian has placed an order for 10 Dreamliners and will be receiving five of them before December 2012.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features a new composite material structure that is lighter and allows the aircraft to consume less fuel than a similar-sized airplane constructed from other materials. It also features more comfortable humidity, cabin pressure and air filtration technologies, which provide a more comfortable cabin experience. The 787 Dreamliner has the largest windows in the sky and high-tech digital controls, which allow passengers to control the amount of light they prefer.
Ethiopian Airlines’ new 787 Dreamliner took off from Dulles Wednesday morning and flew to its home base of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to start a Dreamliner tour of Africa. It is scheduled to enter regularly scheduled service from Dulles (IAD) in late September 2012.