Ethiopian Airlines has ordered four Boeing 777 Freighters in a deal valued at more than $1.3 billion at list prices.
The deal includes a new order for two freighters. It also includes two freighters the carrier announced as a commitment in June that finalised into a firm order and posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website this month.
Ethiopian and Boeing detailed the freighter order at this week’s Dubai Air Show.
Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer (CEO), Tewolde GebreMariam says: “This airplane order will provide Ethiopian’s Cargo & Logistics business with enhanced cargo capacity and better operating economics as we continue to build one of the largest cargo terminals in the world.
“Operating high-performance airplanes such as the 777 Freighter is a reflection of our commitment to expand and support the growing imports and exports of our country and the African continent.”
Ethiopian Cargo is the largest network cargo operator in Africa with six 777Fs and two 757Fs serving 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
The 777F is based on the 777-200LR passenger aircraft and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tonnes.
This order pushes 777 net orders this year to 57 – 37 of them for the current-generation 777 aircraft – providing further support to a smooth production transition to the new 777X.