KLIA Welcomes Ethiopian Airlines' First Boeing Dreamliner
December 13, 2017 17:31 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 -- The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) welcomed the Ethiopian Airlines' (Ethiopian) first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which landed on Dec 10, 2017 after its inaugural flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In a statement, Malaysia Airports said the aircraft raised the bar for Ethiopian's cabin experience with modern technological equipment.
Malaysia Airport Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the introduction of the Ethiopian Dreamliner was timely and would cater to the rising passenger load factor.
"We first welcomed Ethiopian in the year 2012. It has been more than five years since we first started our business relations and we are happy to see that it has grown from strength to strength."
"We are confident that Africa's leading carrier will continue to grow thus benefitting our two countries while at the same time, further promote KLIA's status as a preferred hub in the region," he said.
Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said the 787 was the core of the fleet with 20 aircraft in service.
"Our investment in the latest technology airplane is part of our Vision 2025 strategy and our commitment to our esteemed customers to offer complete on-board comfort," he said.
The 787 Dreamliner is known to be the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today.
Since 2011, over 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial service, flying almost 200 million people on over 560 routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.
The Ethiopian Dreamliner is now scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Kuala Lumpur on selected dates five times a week.