Correction: Ethiopian Airlines awaits for delivery of 8 more Dreamliners

Ethiopian 787 Dreamliner

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Correction: We regret to inform our readers that the article that we posted yesterday (original news source is Walta Information) erroneously indicated that Ethiopian Airlines ordered 8 additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We were informed today by Mr. Esete Yeshitla, who is Ethiopian Airlines’ Manager of Public Relations and Publications, that Ethiopian made an order for 13 Dreamliners. Five have already been delivered to the airlines and it is now waiting for the remaining 8. 

So, the 8 Dreamliners that we’ve mentioned in our article yesterday are not “Additional” but rather part of an earlier transaction.

We apologize for the error.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) - Ethiopian Airlines has ordered a further eight Boeing 787s, less than two months after one of its Dreamliners caught fire at Heathrow. The African carrier already has five B787s in its fleet. It previously had five more on order, a figure that has now increased to 13.

Both Heathrow runways were closed for 90 minutes in July after smoke was spotted coming from towards the rear of an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner. Investigators sourced the fire to a battery in the emergency locator transmitter used to find missing aircraft following a crash.
In January, the 787 was grounded for three months due to another faulty battery system causing problems in two different planes operated by Japan Airlines and ANA.

Ethiopian Airlines then became the first carrier to again operate a commercial B787 flight, between Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Kenya.

Ethiopian’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said last week: “The airplane is undergoing a challenging time to mature, but it’s improving. I have strong confidence in this airplane. It is the future in aviation.”

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