Monday, 20 August 2012
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner in Harare
Ethiopian Airlines first Boeing 787-860 Dreamliner named "Africa First" touched down at Harare International Airport at approximately 1.42pm. ET becomes the first airline outside Japan and only the third carrier behind JAL and ANA to operate this ultra modern aircraft. The plane is one of 10 Dreamliners ordered by Ethiopian Airlines. The Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.It seats 265 passengers in economy class and 24 in business class. It is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. According to Boeing, the 787 consumes 20 percent less fuel than the similarly-sized 767. Its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.It is the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the world and offers passengers enhanced on-board comfort, significantly reduced noise, higher level of humidity and boasts the biggest windows ever and a unique lighting system. An additional four Dreamliners are expected to be delivered to the airline before the end of the year.