-- Airline to begin replacing older freighters with more efficient and capable fleet
SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered the first 777 Freighter to Ethiopian Airlines marking the first 777F to be operated by an African carrier. Today's 777F is being leased to Ethiopian Airlines from GECAS.
"This delivery marks another special day for Ethiopian Airlines and all of Ethiopia. We are not only becoming the first African carrier operating Boeing's 777 Freighter, today we are also taking our cargo operations to a new level and into a new era," said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world - between Africa and Europe, Middle East, and Asia - the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities."
The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). With high-cargo density and 10-foot (3.1-meter) interior height capability, the 777 Freighter provides a cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes and features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.
"We are proud to deliver another first in African aviation to Ethiopian Airlines as they continue to show the world they are a leader in aviation," said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America, & Caribbean for Commercial airplanes. "The proven operational and economical efficiency of the 777F will reposition Ethiopian Cargo in a stronger place to continue winning in this hyper competitive market."
Boeing offers the most complete family of freighters, providing superior efficiency and operating economics in support of airline profitability.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline in the world outside of Japan to operate the 787 Dreamliner and the first African airline to operate the 777-200LR in 2010. They currently operate an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767, 777, and now 787 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD11, 747, and this new 777 in cargo operations.
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