It will be the first commercial flight from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv using the new aircraft
Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) will be the first of the Dreamliner models to land in Israel. It will be the first commercial flight from Addis Ababa to Tel Aviv using the new aircraft, which the company has already begun showing off with stops in the UAE and Mozambique recently.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the variant. Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.
Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's fastest growing airline. It currently serves as Ethiopia's flag carrier, and is wholly owned by the government.
The airline which has a fleet of 47 planes travels to 70 international destinations and is considered a popular airline among Israelis traveling to Africa and Eastern Asia. In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines has flown over 42,000 passangers flying between Tel Aviv and Addis Ababa – a 27% growth compared with the previous year.