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Ethiopian Airlines’ Huge Fleet Expansion: Adding 67 Boeing Jets, 11 Airbus Aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines Fleet Expansion
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mesfin Tasew (right) poses for picture with Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing (photo : Ethiopian Airlines)


Ethiopian Airlines is significantly expanding its fleet, having announced the acquisition of 67 Boeing jets and 11 Airbuses. On November 14, it disclosed the deals made with Boeing in a statement: “Ethiopian Airlines Agrees to Landmark Order for up to 67 Boeing Jets.”

The agreement was concluded at the Dubai Air Show on November 14.

In a press release, it stated that the airline has “agreed to order 11 787 Dreamliner and 20 737 MAX airplanes with an opportunity for 15 and 21 additional jets, respectively. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s national carrier at the Dubai Airshow, represents the largest-ever purchase of Boeing airplanes in African history.”

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates more than 80 Boeing jets.


Ethiopian Airlines is also expanding its Airbus fleet. In another press release published on Wednesday, it announced, “Ethiopia’s flagship carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 additional Airbus A350-900s with six more purchase rights to be added to its existing fleet.”

The MoU was signed in Dubai on November 15 at the Dubai Airshow, with Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, present during the signing ceremony.

The signing of the MoU took place at the Dubai Airshow in the presence of Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer.

Mesfin Tassew is quoted as saying, “We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Airbus A350-900s. As a customer-focused airline, we are particularly excited for this fleet as it offers extra comfort to passengers with features like the quietest cabin in its class and ambient lighting. We are keen to expand our fleet size, acquiring the latest technology aircraft to offer a convenient and memorable onboard experience to our esteemed passengers.”

For Christian Scherer, “Ethiopian Airlines is a great example of how to leverage the exceptional values of the A350 for long-haul travel, capitalizing on the benefits of Ethiopia’s unique geographical position that offers the fastest connections between China and Latin America. We are delighted to further strengthen Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet and, through this, continue the great relationship we have built up together,” as quoted in the Ethiopian Airlines Press Release published on the Company’s web page on November 15.

The airline currently operates about 20 Airbus A350-900s, making it the leading purchaser of Airbus from the African continent, according to a Press Release from Ethiopian.

Ethiopian Airlines is the largest carrier in Africa. In 2022-23 fiscal year, it transported over 13. million passenger across more than 120 international destinations.


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  1. This airline has always been my pride and joy since I saw one of its DC aircrafts parked at the airport when I was a young boy in the former British Protectorate of Aden decades ago. It must have been one of its DC-3 aircrafts then. It is not only my pride, but it has been the pride of Africa. It has also been very blessed to have geniuses above all geniuses managing its operations from top to bottom. Even the most ‘sophisticated’ smart aleck bigots have tried to break it apart but that proved to be utterly futile. They even launched a siege of one high jacking after another in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s but the airline just licked its wound and came out roaring like the lion on its decal.
    Right on Brother CEO Mesfin bin Tasew! Right on!!!

  2. Subject: “Ethiopian Airlines’ Huge Fleet Expansion: Adding 67 Boeing Jets, 11 Airbus Aircraft”, November 16, 2023

    1.) You said it ALL, Mr Ittu Aba Farda

    2) I too am the greatest admirer of ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (EAL), for seemingly time immemorial.

    3) In my opinion, EAL should be a SYMBOL for other business entities in Ethiopia >> the ancient free country in Africa
    and beyond.

    4) And to borrow from Ittu Ab Farda, above: QUOTE: ” Right on Brother CEO Mesfin bin Tasew! Right on”!!! UNQUOTE

    5) And I humbly add, keep on flying high, Ethiopian Airlines, the Humble Pride of Black Africa and admiration of others
    around the Globe that no body can deny.

    6.) Ahhhh….. that is what we call HUMBLE ADVANCEMENT, the pride of the independent African Nation, ETHIOPIA,
    the ancient independent country in the World.

    7) If I may add, needless to say — eternal admiration also goes to the FOUNDERS of EAL >>>> Ethiopia as well as the
    everlasting United States of America.
    —————EAL, KEEP ON FLYING HIGH & SAFE ——————–

  3. Ethiopian Airlines – Simply the Best
    by Dr. Haddis Gebre-Meskel (London)

    Carrier of the great and historic – the Ethiopian flag
    Stylish and efficient Ethiopian – simply the best
    Triumphing magnificently mastered the skies.

    Huge and beautiful African rainbow shines above
    Nearest to it being the fascinating mountain Semien
    Gloriously reflecting colours of superb Ethiopia’s heritage.

    With helpful and caring staff and crews
    Provides fantastic flights at the best price
    As always becomes travellers’ first choice
    Perfection enabled it to win hearts of its passengers!

    Tourists and hospitable people keep on joining together
    Whenever they stare at the amazing spectacles of the nation
    The spectacular glimpses of the past become clearer.

    They admire them all with happy and smiling faces
    Even lions joyfully roar harmoniously down below
    Love for Ethiopian sinks deeper whilst savouring slowly!

    Loud voices of the lions and lionesses – being heard from far away
    All stretched their hands upwards for the future – to be brighter
    With the united strength – to make Ethiopia immensely stronger
    Also critical situations of the World – to become much better.

    May Ethiopian continue serving us all as the best airline
    Wishing for it to go all the way gracefully and happily
    Yes, advancing forward forever and ever!


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