Airports Company South Africa is proud to announce the touch down of Ethiopian Airlines’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at O.R. Tambo International Airport earlier today.
Ethiopian is the first airline outside of Japan to take delivery of the new model, which it did at a handover ceremony on 14 August 2012 in Seattle Washington. The new Dreamliner, which went into commercial service only in October last year, will offer passengers a game-changing on-board experience.
“As the premier air transport hub for Africa, we’re exceptionally proud to be hosting this new addition to the international flying experience,” says Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Manager: Communications and Brand Management at O.R. Tambo International.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range aircraft that seats between 210 and 290 passengers, depending on configuration. It is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient model and, according to the manufacturer, consumes 20% less fuel than the 767, which is of similar size. With its distinctive nose contour, four-panel windshield and noise-reducing chevrons, this new generation of Boeing will bring flair and excitement to the tarmac.
“The new aircraft’s features will introduce passengers to a truly 21st century flying experience. Passengers flying this type of aircraft expect a smooth check-in and landing process, as well as a great airport experience, and we are able to offer them just that. In partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, O.R. Tambo will be giving travellers a real taste of Africa today,” says Batyashe-Fillis, who also says that O.R. Tambo is ready and geared up for Dreamliner.
The airline will soon announce its first Dreamliner destinations, and O.R. Tambo is at the top of the list.
For more information contact:
Manager: Communication and Brand Management
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Airports Company South Africa
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
Cell: +27 (0) 79 882 7307