Ethiopian Airlines orders four Boeing 777 freighters

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Boeing has announced it is to sell four cargo freighters to Ethiopian Airlines at a total list price of $1.3 billion.

However, the order for the jets whose production helps support thousands of jobs at Airbus's United Kingdom plants has so failed to materialise.

"Emirates' orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s", Emirates chief executive Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines now operates a fleet of six Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 757 freighters, operating to 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Emirates' partnership with Boeing spans decades. Of the delivery to be made will be replacements that will be employed in the maintenance of the fleet, making it relatively new and high in efficiency, others from the delivery will be employed in powering the growth that will define the future of the company. "We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network".

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Emirates is now evaluating engine options for its Dreamliner order.

The transaction includes a new order for two freighters. "Today's announcement also speaks to our confidence in the future of aviation in the UAE and the region". They will be delivered starting from 2022 in phases.

"We are honored that Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa's leading carriers, has again selected Boeing airplanes to grow its operations, adding to an order book that includes the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner", said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister.

Industry sources have said they expect a commercial launch from Boeing of the new mid-sized jet next year.

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