African airports 'to see new aircraft'
26 November 2010
Airports across Africa could benefit from new aircraft introduced by Ethiopian Airlines.
The organisation recently announced it has taken delivery of the first five models - the 777-200LR - becoming the first airline in the continent to do so.
Chief executive officer Ato Girma Wake says the planes are the most technologically advanced in the world, as they have the longest range of any other aircraft.
Vice president and general manager of the 777 programme Larry Loftis says: "The 777-200LR is the only aeroplane that provides the range and efficiency that Ethiopian [Airlines] needs to service its long-haul routes."
The method of transport can hold more than 300 passengers and is capable of flying between Washington and the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa without stopping.
Founded in 1945, Ethiopian Airlines sees itself as one of Africa's leading carriers and serves 58 international destinations, as well as taking a daily east to west flight across the continent.