PHOTO: Ethiopian Airlines.

LONDON – Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its 100th aircraft, a brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (registered as ET-AUQ).

On its delivery, the aircraft ferried medical equipment from the Seattle-based NGO, Direct Relief, to St Paulos Hospital in Addis Ababa.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked that “It is an immense honor 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.”

Africa’s Aviation Pioneer

“Ethiopian was the first to avail jet service in the continent back in 1962 and operated the first African Boeing 767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010, the first African 787-8 Dreamliner, and 777-200 freighter in 2012, the first African Airbus A350 in 2016 and the first African 787-9 in 2017,” he proudly noted.

Today, the African carrier runs one of the youngest fleets in the industry, with its 100 planes having an average age of less than five years.

The carrier currently flies to more than 110 international destinations.

Marty Bentrott, senior vice president sales for the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Russia & Central Asia at Boeing said, “The delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as Ethiopian Airlines’ 100th aircraft is a proud moment in our historic partnership.”

Bentrott qualified Ethiopian as an aviation pioneer in Africa, “flying technologically- advanced airplanes such as the Boeing 777, 787 and soon the 737 MAX.”

As mentioned by the CEO, the Vision 2025 program has as its primary goal the modernization of its fleet and improvement of the airline’s operations, bringing down costs and maximizing profitability within the carrier.

With its 100 aircraft on, Ethiopian Airlines is still seeking to grow. One more 787-9 Dreamliner is on the way. And the carrier took delivery of its final A350-900 a month ago.