Ethiopian Airlines Firms Up Order For 31 Boeing Jets

Ethiopian Airlines orders 31 Boeing aircraft, marking the largest purchase in African history.

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced the carrier has agreed to order 11 787 Dreamliner and 20 737 MAX airplanes with an opportunity for 15 and 21 additional jets, respectively.
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Dubai Airshow 2023, November 14 – Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has signed a deal with Boeing to place a firm order for 31 ultra-modern aircraft, with an option for 36 additional jets. The firm order includes 11 787 Dreamliners and 20 737 MAXs.

The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s national carrier at the Dubai Airshow, marks the largest-ever purchase of Boeing aircraft in African history.

A Step Towards Vision 2035 Strategy

This order will enable us to modernize and increase our fleet in support of Ethiopian Airlines’ growth plan and our Vision 2035 Strategy. 


Through this deal, we have solidified our decades-old exemplary business partnership with Boeing.

The 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX demonstrate Ethiopian Airlines’ environmentally conscious decisions and its commitment to serve passengers with the latest technologically advanced airplanes,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr Mesfin Tasew.

787 Cabin Retrofits

Additionally, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines announced they have agreed to collaborate on providing cabin modification services for the carrier’s existing 787 Dreamliners. 

The comprehensive retrofits will enhance the passenger experience with advanced in-flight entertainment and new seats in all cabins, including lie-flat business-class seats from Boeing’s joint venture with Adient Aerospace.

Ethiopian operates Africa’s largest Dreamliner fleet with a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s.