Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing have announced to a media audience at the Dubai Air Show 2023 that the carrier will purchase up to 67 new aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mesfin Tasew, confirmed on November 14, 2023, that the order includes the purchase of up to 20 737 MAX 8 aircraft with the option for 21 more, and 11 787-9 Dreamliners, with the possibility of another 15 in the future.
“We are pleased to announce that Ethiopian Airlines has reached a deal with Boeing to place a firm order for 31 ultra-modern airplanes, with opportunity for 36 additional jets,” Mesfin Tasew said. “This order will enable us to modernize and increase our fleet in support of Ethiopian Airlines’ growth plan and our Vision 2035 Strategy.”
Tasew added: “Through this deal, we have solidified our decades-old exemplary business partnership with Boeing. The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX demonstrate Ethiopian Airlines’ environmentally conscious decisions and its commitment to serve passengers with the latest technologically advanced airplanes.”
During the press conference, the airline’s CEO indicated that the newly announced order was by no means its final order and more could come in the months ahead.
Tasew said he expected to take delivery of the new jets from 2026 to 2030. Ethiopian Airlines currently has 25 aircraft already on order, comprising of four Airbus and 21 Boeing.
As part of the new agreement, Ethiopian Airlines’ existing 787 Dreamliners will also undergo cabin retrofits.
“Ethiopian Airlines continues its leadership as one of Africa’s preeminent airlines with this landmark commitment to expand their 787 and 737 MAX fleets,” said Brad McMullen, Boeing Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing.
McCullen added: “Ethiopian was the first African airline to take delivery of the 787, and the Dreamliner family continues to play an integral role in its long-haul fleet. With their decades of experience operating our single-aisle and widebody jets, we appreciate Ethiopian Airlines’ confidence in our products and the strength of our relationship after more than 75 years of collaboration.”
Boeing has made announced a series of orders at the Dubai Airshow this year.