Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will be the first airline in the world outside of Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline has announced the schedule for its first Dreamliner:
“The first Ethiopian Dreamliner will touch down in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport on August 17, 2012. The first flight of Ethiopian Dreamliner dubbed “The Dream Tour,” will be on August 18, 2012, with a sightseeing flight to Mount Kilimanjaro for around 270 invited guests, consisting of Ministers, Ambassadors, other VIPs, Ethiopian ShebaMiles Gold Members and media.
Thereafter, starting from August 19, 2012, the first Ethiopian Dreamliner will be operating on rotation basis to African destinations such as Kilimanjaro, Mombassa, Harare, Lusaka, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg, Abuja, Malabo, Douala, Lomé, Accra, Maputo, Luanda as well as to Dubai, Mumbai, Rome, London and Frankfurt.”
According to Airline Route, the first regular route for the 787 will be the Addis Ababa-Rome-Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 20 (arriving at IAD on the morning of September 21).
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. The first Dreamliner, the pictured 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) is being prepared for handover at Everett (Paine Field).