READ THE PDF PRESS RELEASE press release – 777 seats retrofited
Ethiopian retrofits all its Boeing 777 Business class seats with 180° full
flatbed making more than 50% of its long haul fleet equipped with flatbed
The largest, most profitable and fastest growing African Airline, Ethiopian, has made its
business class cabin more comfortable by retrofitting all its Boeing 777 fleet with 180°
business class full flat beds. In its strong believe in continuous improvement in customer
services both on ground and in the air; Ethiopian invested over USD four million in the
retrofitting program. The retro-fitting was performed at its own MRO center and with its
own engineers. The successful completion of the retrofitting program demonstrates the in-
house capabilities of Ethiopian MRO Services.
Our Business Class passengers can now enjoy full flat beds to rest during their flights
which cris cross multiple continents like between Beijing, China to Sao Paulo, Brazil with
only one stop and a couple of hours stay in our newly renovated and expanded world
class lounge in Addis Ababa.
Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines said, “I would like to congratulate
our MRO team for the outstanding performance and for the job well done. On the other
hand we are very pleased to provide our passengers with the best on-board experience
especially on our long-haul routes. Ethiopian Airlines has made the choice of purchasing
the 180°flat business class seats because of the enhanced customer satisfaction they bring.
Our business passengers will be able to sleep and arrive fresh to their destinations fully
rested and ready to take on business after a good night’s sleep.
MD MRO Ethiopian Airlines Group, Zemene Nega, remarked, “We are pleased to
successfully complete the retrofitting project on our B777 fleet with our in-house capability
which is a testament of Ethiopian self-sufficiency in trained aviation professionals. We
have made huge investments to accomplish the retrofitting project which encompasses;
modifying seats to full flat laying positions, rearranging passenger service, rework on IFE
and software change.”
Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet in the continent with an
average age of less than 7 years and currently serves more than 91 international
destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in
the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading
carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly
aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200
Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in
Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will
see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian
Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian
Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering
Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline
registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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