Ethiopian Airlines has signed on the dotted line for yet another Boeing 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner, eturbonews.com reports.
The airline praised the 777-200LR, rumoured to cost the company the list price of $276 million (£175m), because of its ability to virtually connect any two cities in the world non-stop.
In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said that this ability would strategically benefit its Addis Ababa hub as the airline seeks to connect even more destinations across a north, south, east and west axis.
Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said in a marketwatch.com release that this is all in line with Ethiopian Airlines ‘Vision 2025′ strategy.
“The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open direct routes from Washington D.C to Addis Ababa as well as Addis Ababa to Beijing, Toronto and other long range routes,” explained Gebremariam.
The Boeing 777-200LR is most famous for setting a world record breaking non-stop journey of 21,601km (11,664 nautical miles) between Hong Kong and London Heathrow in 2005 – the long way round.
Often considered one of the most ‘green’ planes in the world, the 777-200LR is most often seen on air traffic radar cruising at altitudes up to 13,137m (43,100 feet), carrying some 266 passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines has a close relationship with Boeing for over six decades. Recent years has seen it become the first African Airline to operate the 777-200LR, the first to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the first to order the 777 Freighter.
“The airline continues to invest in its fleet to grow the airline, increase profitability and provide the best products in the sky for their valued customers,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales at Boeing for the African region.