Ethiopian Airlines Orders More Dreamliners


DreamlinerAugust 30, 2013 – Ethiopian Airlines has ordered another eight Boeing 787s, less than two months after one of its Dreamliners caught fire while parked at Heathrow.┬áThe Ethiopian carrier already has five 787s in its fleet. It previously had five more Dreamliners on order, which has now increased to 13.

Both Heathrow runways were closed for 90 minutes in July after smoke was spotted coming from towards the rear of an Ethiopian Airlines’ Dreamliner.

Investigators sourced the fire to a battery in the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) which is used to find missing aircraft following a crash.

In January, the 787 was grounded for three months due to another faulty battery system causing problems in two different planes operated by Japan Airlines and ANA.

Ethiopian Airlines then became the first carrier to again operate a commercial 787 flight, between Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Kenya.

Ethiopian’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam today said: “The airplane is undergoing a challenging time to mature, but it’s improving. I have strong confidence in this airplane. It is the future in aviation.”