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Ethiopian Airlines Orders More Boeing 777 Freighters

Ethiopian Airlines is further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with a new order for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The order, announced today, is currently unidentified on Boeing's orders and deliveries website.

According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, the addition of the 5 new 777Fs to the airlines' cargo fleet will enable it to meet the growing demand in its cargo operation.

"While cementing our partnership with Boeing with new orders, the growth of our freighter fleet takes the capacity and efficiency of our shipment service to the next level," said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew.

"We always strive to serve our customers with the latest technology aircraft the aviation industry could offer. Our cargo terminal is Africa's largest, coupled with fuel-efficient freighters and well-trained cargo handling professionals will enable our customers get the best quality shipment service. Customers can rely on Ethiopian for wide-ranging cargo services across five continents."

Boeing's market-leading Boeing 777 Freighter is the world's largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter flying with 17% lower fuel use and emissions to prior airplanes.

Ethiopian Airlines operates a fleet of nine 777 Freighters, utilizing the model's 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 centers throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

"Ethiopian Airlines' all-Boeing freighter fleet provides them with unrivalled capability and flexibility as Africa's largest cargo operator," said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing's senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "These additional 777 Freighters will enable Ethiopian to capitalize on near-term cargo demand, while positioning the airline for further expansion in the future."

Earlier in March 2022, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase 5 Boeing 777-8 Freighters, the industry's newest, most capable and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines also operates 3 Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, and a passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets, including Boeing 737s, Boeing 767s, Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s.

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