• Chidozie Uzoezie

Ethiopian Airlines Brings 'Big Brother' Boeing 787-9 to Abuja

Ethiopian Airlines is bringing its newest plane, the innovative and fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner tagged the 'Big Brother' to Nigeria's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Abuja today.

The Boeing 787-9 is part of the airline's commitment to deliver exceptional level of service to the African market by operating the latest technologically advanced aircraft in the market. On the Boeing 787, passengers enjoy unique onboard features such as the biggest windows in the sky, high ceiling, less noise, distinctive lighting, and higher air humidity.

Ethiopian Airlines has always serviced Abuja with its newest Aircraft. It brought the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to Abuja in 2012 and reopened the Abuja Airport this year with the Airbus A350, after a 6-week closure.

Ethiopian Airlines has been operating into Nigeria since 1960 and currently flies to 5 cities in Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Kano and Kaduna.

The Boeing 787 is the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today. Since 2011, more than 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial services, flying almost 200 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.

Ethiopian became Africa’s first airline to fly the Boeing 787-8 in 2012. It took delivery of Africa's first Boeing 787-9 on 27 October, 2017 becoming the first airline to operate the type in Africa.

The Boeing 787-9 is 20 feet or 6 meters longer than the smaller Boeing 787-8 and has more passenger capacity with 315 seats in Ethiopian Airlines configuration.

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