Ethiopian Airlines is today celebrating the receipt of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, travel.usatoday.com reports.
With all eyes of the nation’s flight tracking crew prepped for the plane’s safe delivery, it was a relief to see it touch down at the carrier’s hub in Addis Ababa yesterday (August 16) on its journey from Washington Dulles airport.
The image below shows the beautiful aircraft, registration ET-AOQ, on arrival at Washington.
The delivery of the Dreamliner has been described as a “historic milestone” for not only the airline, but the nation. One notable milestone worth mentioning is that Ethiopian Airlines is now the first airline in the world outside Japan to have flown paying passengers on the 787 Dreamliner.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam was particularly proud of this fact; pipping all U.S. and European airlines to the post.
“By being the first airline in the world outside Japan to take delivery to take this wonderful flying machine, we are setting the standard in the continent,” he said.
“We have been waiting for this airplane and now that we officially have it and will show it to the world, I can say with pride, it was worth the wait. This airplane is going to move Ethiopian Airlines to the forefront of aviation leadership around the globe,” Gebremariam added, avionics-intelligence.com reports.
Ethiopian Airlines has a further nine 787 Dreamliners on order. Ethiopian operates an all-Boeing fleet and was the first to order the 787 Dreamliner. It was also the first to order the 777 Freighter.
Here on planefinder,net we also witnessed the aircraft leaving Boeing Seattle for Dulles.
Track the flight for yourself: http://planefinder.net/flight/ETH2501/time/2012-08-15T14:10:00%20UTC