Ethiopian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing to purchase five 777-8 Freighters.
The airline said its aim with the order was to meet expanding global cargo demand from its hub in Addis Ababa, positioning itself for long-term sustainable growth.
“Consistent with our history of aviation technology leadership in Africa, we are pleased to sign this MoU with our longstanding partner Boeing, which will make us join a select group of launch customer airlines for the fleet,” said Ethiopian Airlines’ group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
“In our vision 2035, we are planning to expand our cargo and logistics business to be one of the largest global multimodal logistics providers in all continents. To this effect we are increasing our dedicated freighter fleet with the latest technology, fuel efficient and environment-friendly airplanes of the 21st century.
“We have also started the construction of the largest e-commerce hub terminal in Africa. The new 777-8 Freighters will be instrumental in this long journey of growth. Today, our air cargo services cover more than 120 international destinations around the world with both belly-hold capacity and dedicated freighter services.”