KLIA welcomes Ethiopian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Kuala International Airport (KLIA) received Ethiopian Airlines first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Dec 10 after its inaugural flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The new aircraft raises the bar for Ethiopian cabin experience with modern technical and technological equipment.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd MD Datuk Badlisham Ghazali (picture) said the airport first received Ethiopian Airlines in 2012.

“It has been more than five 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,” he said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines is also celebrating another first with the introduction of the B787- 900 Dreamliner into its young and fast-growing fleet.

Ethiopian Airlines group CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam said the 787 is the core of their fleet with 20 aircraft in service.

“Our investment in the latest airplane technology 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 said.

The 787 Dreamliner is among the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying 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 pound of fuel.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a Boeing fleet of 737, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service, and six 777and two 757-200 airplanes in cargo operations.