Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery and puts its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner into service

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on August 14 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner dubbed “Africa First” in Seattle. The new airliner ferried to Washington (Dulles) for a special unveiling.

Today (August 16) the pictured Boeing 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) at Washington (Dulles) is operating a special flight from Washington (Dulles) to Addis Ababa. Regular daily service starts on September 20 on the route after the second Dreamliner is delivered.

The Dreamliner offers passengers greatly enhanced on-board comfort, with significantly reduced noise, higher level of humidity, the biggest windows in the sky and unique lighting system. Ethiopian had previously announced that it would rotate its first Dreamliner, ET-AOQ, primarily on its African routes.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. ET-AOQ taxies on arrival at Washington (Dulles). As previously reported, Boeing has dropped all customer codes with the 787. All of the models delivered so far are officially designated as 787-8 Dreamliners.

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