An incredible celebration took place on 5 June 2018. It was a first for an African airline to operate 100 aircraft fleet in the history of the continent, thus maintaining its pioneering aviation technology leadership role and ascertaining its leadership position in all aspects of Aviation Services in the continent.
“It is an immense honour for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of 100 aircraft. This milestone is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa and a testimony of the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025,” said Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.
From humble beginnings to historic milestones, Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962, and operated the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African B787-800 Dreamliner and B777-200 freighter in 2012 and the first African A350 in 2016 and the first African B787-9 aircraft in 2017.
Ethiopian now operates one of the youngest and most modern 100 aircraft, with an average age of less than 5 years. Fleet modernization and expansion is one of the four critical pillars of our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, in support of our fast expanding network, which has now reached over 110 international destinations covering 5 continents.
With the new and cutting-edge fleet composed of B787s and A350s offer unparalleled on-board comfort to customers and also offer the best possible connections when traveling within Africa and between the continent and the rest of the world. For Canadians travelling to Africa, there are direct flights from Toronto to Addis Ababa.
GebreMariam added that the 100-fleet milestone, Ethiopian Airlines is already moving forward with accomplishments ahead of the airlines Vision 2025 targets.
“It compels us to revise our plans with a view to phase in more aircraft and further expand our network so as to meet the growing travel needs of our continent and support its economic development and integration by facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism. We will continue to connect more and more Africans with their fellow citizens of the continent and with their brothers and sisters in the rest of the world to make life better every single day.”
Video below: Heading into the future…100 fleet in the skies