Ethiopian Air first carrier to land Dreamliner in UAE

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian Airlines made history by becoming the first airline to land a Dreamliner in the UAE.

By (Staff Report)

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Published: Sat 25 Aug 2012, 10:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:34 PM

Ethiopian’s Dreamliner, the first to be received by a non-Japanese carrier, made its historic trip to Africa, touching down at Bole Addis Ababa International Airport and then made its first landing at Dubai International Airport.

Ethiopian Airlines is now become the proud owner of the third Dreamliner and Dubai is the perfect destination to introduce the premium aircraft. The Dreamliner will fly daily between Addis Ababa and Dubai.

“The fact that we are the first airline outside Japan to receive this ultra-modern aircraft is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the best possible travel experience, with the best industry products and services.” said Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive officer of of Ethiopian.

Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s biggest airlines, has connections to 69 international destinations.

“Our idea is to be able to offer our passengers the ultimate travel experience and there is no better place than Dubai to introduce our new Dreamliner dubbed as ‘AFRICA FIRST’,” said Haileab Netsereab, regional director for Ethiopian Airlines in the Middle East.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will leave Addis Ababa daily at 10:15pm and land in Dubai at 3:00am. The return flight to Addis Ababa will leave Dubai at 4:50am to reach the destination at 7:45am. All times are local. “The timing of our flight is perfect as it serves all the onward connecting points to the rest of Africa,” added Netsereab.

According to Netsereab, the traffic between Dubai and the African continent has been flourishing, which includes corporate and tourist traffic.

The Dreamliner applies breakthrough technologies of the 21st century and takes passenger comfort and overall travel experience to a whole new level.

The Ethiopian Dreamliner interior is configured with 24 Cloud Nine business class seats and 245 economy class seats. Its interior has, among other things, new features for passengers’ increased comfort and convenience, including: higher humidity, bigger storage for onboard luggage, 60 per cent smaller noise footprint than peer airplanes, biggest windows in the sky, and a unique and adaptable lighting to the environment.

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