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Ethiopian Airlines Orders More Boeing and Airbus Aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines, yesterday, at the 2017 Paris Air Show placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development to its fast expanding long-haul route network.

Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease.

The top-up order will boost the Addis Ababa-based carrier's fleet, enabling it to pursue its growth strategy and objectives over the coming years.

Ethiopian Airlines' A350-900s are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being.

Meanwhile, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines yesterday announced announced an order for 10 additional 737 MAX 8 airplanes and a commitment to purchase two Boeing 777 Freighters at the 2017 Paris Air Show, valued at $651.4 million at list prices.

The 10 737 MAX options being exercised were part of a deal signed in September 2014, completing the largest ever order for the 737 MAX in Africa.

Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

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