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New aircraft to be added to Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered ten Boeing 737-800 aircraft as it looks to expand its flights network

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered ten Boeing 737-800 aircraft as it looks to expand its flights network.

Africa’s fastest-growing carrier will begin taking delivery of the new aircraft in November next year after Girma Wake, Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive officer, signed a $767 million (£475 million) deal with Skip Thompson, Boeing’s Middle East and Africa sales director.

Mr Girma said that network expansions are necessary in order to accommodate the airline’s "growth needs".

"The new aircraft orders will enable the airline to fly one of the newest and greenest aircraft in Africa," he explained.

"The added capacity will also create further momentum to the growth of the airline and the African economy in general."

The 737-800s will be used on Ethiopian Airlines’ short and medium-haul flights within Africa and to the Middle East, with its existing fleet consisting of 37 aircraft.

A total of 45 have been ordered, including eight Q400s, which will begin arriving in March, and five 777-200LRs, which will become operational in November.

Last year, the carrier won the Airline of the Year Award at the 41st Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association.

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