Ethiopian Airlines has received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 – the first of 30 737 MAX aircraft for Africa’s largest and fastest-growing commercial airline.
Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said the carrier is glad to now include the aircraft in its fleet, which has an average age of less than five years.
He added: “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.”
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,500 orders to date from 99 customers worldwide.
Boeing Sales vice president for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa, Marty Bentrott said the aircraft manufacturer looks forward to growing its five-decade long partnership with the African carrier.
In Ethiopian’s configuration, its 737 MAX 8 will seat 160 passengers. With this delivery, Ethiopian’s fleet of Boeing aircraft grows to 73, including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737 MAX, and the 757 and 767.