Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first B777-300ER from Boeing. The new aircraft is on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services and is the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag carrier’s fleet.
According to the carrier, the B777-300ER will initially serve the Addis Ababa–Luanda route three times a week before operating a three-times-weekly service between Addis Ababa and Guangzhou. The airline hopes to eventually use the aircraft to operate services to Washington DC.
Ethiopian’s B777-300ER will seat 399 passengers in a two-class configuration and is meant to compliment the airline’s existing fleet of six B777-200LRs. It will feature 34 seats in business class and 365 seats in economy.
According to airlineroutes.com, the service departs Addis Ababa at 0930 and arrives in Luanda at 1220. The return leg leaves Luanda at 1350 before touching down back in Addis Ababa at 2040.
Ethiopian currently has a further three B777-300ER aircraft on order and expects to take delivery of them in January 2014, and May and June 2015.
For more information, visit www.ethiopianairlines.com