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Article from BTNews 3 SEPTEMBER 2012

Ethiopian 787 Heathrow

One of the world’s less glamorous airlines, a Star Alliance member that has been successfully around since 1945, is likely to operate the first scheduled passenger flight by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport.  Ethiopian Airlines, which is also the first airline outside Japan to operate the new Boeing, plans to fly its initial Dreamliner to London on 17 September.

This first Dreamliner landed at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on 17 August 2012.  The next day Ethiopian started flying it to various African major destinations dubbed ‘The Dream Tour’.

Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, said: “Ethiopian Airlines is a truly indigenous African airline, which has been pioneering the African aviation for the last 67 years and it is only natural for us to deploy our first B787 in Africa.  In affirmation of its commitment as Africa’s flagship carrier, we are naming our first 787 Dreamliner as ‘Africa First’”.

Once Ethiopian takes delivery of its second Dreamliner later in the year, the aircraft will operate on an assigned scheduled route, which will be announced in near future. www.flyethiopian.com

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