Tuesday, April 23, 2013

► ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian secures lease with ALC for two 777-300ERs due to arrive in mid-2015.

Ethiopian Airlines
Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation has announced the signing of a 12-year lease agreement with Ethiopian Airlines (ET) for two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in May and June 2015.

We are proud to expand our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines by placing two brand new 777-300ERs into their long haul fleet.  These aircraft will enhance their intercontinental operations with leading fuel efficiency and a premier passenger experience,” said Kishore Korde, Air Lease Corporation’s Senior Vice President.
Ethiopian 777-200LR at Everett
Ethiopian 777-200LR at Everett (Boeing)
We are very happy to finalize this deal with our strong partner, Air Lease Corporation. These two new Boeing 777-300ERs are critical for our rapidly expanding non-stop long haul routes. Today, our network of 72 international destinations covers four continents through our main hub in Addis Ababa, offering the most convenient connections to passengers traveling between Africa and the rest of the world. The introduction of these two new Boeing 777s into our young and modern fleet is part of our continuing commitment to afford our customers the best possible on-board long haul experience,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopian at present is a prolific operator of the 777 with 5 x Boeing 777-200LRs, 2 x Boeing 777-200Fs, and another one 777-200LR, five 777-200Fs on order.