LONDON — Ethiopian Airlines, who is the largest airline in the continent of Africa has received their first Boeing 737 MAX 8 this week. The aircraft will provide up to 15% fewer carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

The new aircraft will feature sky interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals through LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness ultimately boosting the experience of the customer.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said:

“It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach this milestone a few days after we colorfully marked our 100 fleet milestone and the latest acquisition is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation and the successful implementation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025.”

“Today, We are glad to include the B737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet family with an average age of fewer than 5 years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, we have been pioneering Africa’s aviation with latest-technology fleet throughout our 72 years history. In line with our growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in the further expansion of our fleet an in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer,” GebreMariam added later.

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“Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa’s commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced aeroplanes,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa. “We are honored by Ethiopian’s continuing confidence in Boeing aeroplanes and we look forward to growing our five-decade long partnership.”

The delivery of this aircraft brings the total number of Boeing aircraft in their fleet to 73, which includes the 787 Dreamliners, 777’s, 737 MAXs and 757 and 767’s respectively. The airline has over 100 aircraft in their fleet and is the only carrier in Africa to have that number in their fleet.