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Dreamliner makes African debut in Addis Ababa

Dreamliner makes African debut in Addis Ababa

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has touched down in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to kick off the Africa portion of Boeing’s 787 Dream Tour – a six-month worldwide tour featuring the new aircraft.

This is the first time the Dreamliner has visited the African continent.

The airplane will be in Addis Ababa, home to Ethiopian Airlines, until December 14th before it travels to Nairobi, Kenya.

During the four-day stop, Ethiopian Airlines executives and employees, government officials and other guests will have a chance to view the airplane, including the interior.

“Aviation throughout Africa continues to grow at a pace faster than the world average and it is airplanes like the game-changing 787, and airlines like Ethiopian Airlines, that will help spur that growth,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales for Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 787 is the perfect airplane to carry Africa into the future of aviation due to its low operating costs, size and range.

“Boeing is very pleased to showcase this airplane to the customers who put their faith in Boeing and the cutting-edge technology of this airplane.”

The airplane, ZA003, was originally used for flight testing but has been elegantly refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787 including an interior that highlights the many passenger-preferred features of the airplane.

“Ethiopian Airlines will be the first airline in Africa to operate this great new flying machine,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines.

“Ethiopian Airlines is very pleased to welcome the Dreamliner to Addis Ababa.”