Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines Orders 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

(Sep 25, 2014, (Airways News))--Ethiopian Airlines has chosen the Boeing 737 MAX 8 for its narowbody fleet replacement, placing an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with purchase options for an additional 15 737 MAX 8s. Ethiopian’s order had previously been marked as unidentified on Boeing’s orders and deliveries spreadsheet. Boeing declined to comment on delivery dates for the aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines already operates the Boeing 737, with a fleet of ten Boeing 737-800s and eight Boeing 737-700s. The Addis Ababa based airline also operates a fleet of four Boeing 757-200s, which could conceivably be replaced by the 737 MAX 8, or its larger cousin; the 737 MAX 9.

Ethiopian primarily uses its 737s on medium-haul routes within Africa and the Middle East (preferring the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop for high frequency short haul service), while the 757s also operate to Europe.

Ethiopian’s order for up to 35 aircraft is aimed not only at replacing its existing fleet, but also at growth, with the carrier aiming to more than double traffic to 18 million passengers per year by 2025. Read more from University of Westminster. Read more from Airways News » 

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