Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL] has ordered 10 Boeing Co’s (BA.N) Next-Generation 737-800s for a total price of $767 million, the airline and aircraft maker said on Friday.

January 23rd, 2010 | by addis portal |

Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL] has ordered 10 Boeing Co’s (BA.N) Next-Generation 737-800s for a total price of $767 million, the airline and aircraft maker said on Friday.

Ethiopia Airlines will invest in additional airplanes to expand its fleet and broaden its network, the companies said.

In 2009, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to order and operate the ultra-long-range 777-200LR model. It also was the first African carrier to order the 787 Dreamliner, with 10 new planes ordered in 2005.

Ethiopian Airlines is an all-Boeing operator.

The airline operates five 737-700s and two 737-800s. Ethiopian also operates nine 757s, 10 767s and one MD-11BCF (a Boeing Converted Freighter), with a second MD-11BCF arriving in August.

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