Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets for Africa’s largest and fastest-growing commercial airline. The flag carrier of Ethiopia has long operated the Boeing 737 aircraft, but with the MAX, it will be able to achieve a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and provide passengers with a more comfortable experience.
“We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features the new Boeing sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhance the sense of spaciousness ultimately boosting our customers’ experience. Since it is more fuel efficient than the current 737-NG, it has less carbon emission to the environment.
“As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline’s growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer.”
In Ethiopian’s configuration, its 737 MAX 8 will seat 160 passengers. With this delivery, the airline’s fleet of Boeing aircraft grows to 73 jets, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737 MAX, and the 757 and 767.