KL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FIRST BOEING 787-9 DREAMLINER
13 December 2017
SEPANG – KL International Airport (KLIA) welcomed Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner proudly when it landed at 5.15pm on 10th December 17 after its inaugural flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The new aircraft raises the bar for Ethiopian’s cabin experience with the most modern technical and technological equipment.
Managing director of Malaysia Airports, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali commented on the excitement surrounding the airport community upon welcoming the new aircraft. He said, “We first welcomed Ethiopian in the year 2012. It has been more than 5 years since we first started our business relationship and we are happy to see that it has grown from strength to strength. With the increasing passenger traffic from the African continent, the introduction of the Ethiopian Dreamliner is timely and will cater to the rising passenger load factor. Thus, we are absolutely confident that Africa’s leading carrier will grow even further thus benefitting our two countries and at the same time will further promote KLIA’s status as a preferred hub in the region.”
As for Ethiopian itself, the airline was proud to celebrate yet another first with the introduction of the cutting edge B787-900 Dreamliner into its young and fast growing fleet. Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said that the 787 is the core of their fleet with 20 aircraft in service. “Our investment in the latest technology airplanes is part of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer complete on-board comfort. We will continue to invest in the most advanced aircraft to give our customers the best possible travel experience,” he added.
The 787 Dreamliner is known to be the most innovative and efficient airplane family fying today. Since 2011, more than 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial services, flying almost 200 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a Boeing fleet of 737, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service and six 777 and two 757-200 airplanes in cargo operations.
The new Ethiopian Dreamliner is scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Kuala Lumpur on selected dates from now onwards (5 times weekly). Please contact the local office of Ethiopian in Kuala Lumpur at 03-2141-2190/2142-0581/82 or visit our website: www.ethiopianairlines.com.