Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed it is to take the six remaining early-build Boeing 787-8s known as the “terrible teens”. The Star Alliance carrier recently disclosed the order for six Rolls-Roycepowered 787-8s, months after being linked to negotiations with Boeing on purchasing the early batch of -8 Dreamliners. Boeing had struggled to find buyers for 10 787-8s that rolled off the assembly line before a block-point design change dramatically reduced the aircraft’s weight and increased fuel efficiency. The last six have for several years been parked at Boeing’s widebody factory at Everett in Washington, waiting for a customer to claim them.
The latest Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 13 787s currently operating in the fleet and are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam said “In line with our Vision 2025 strategic road map and our fleet modernization and expansion project, we will keep investing heavily in technologically advanced and modern airplanes.
This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopian because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers. The Boeing 787 has earned approval of customers and we always work hard to cater to our customers’ preference.”