Ethiopian Airlines close to deal to order new Airbus A220 planes

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Ethiopian Airlines is close to agreeing on a deal with Airbus over the purchase of as many as 20 narrow-body A220 planes worth more than $1.6 billion.

The national carrier’s talks with the aircraft manufacturer are reported to be in the latter stages, and should be completed by end of the year, according to Bloomberg.

“It’s a good airplane — we have been studying it long enough,” Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said on Thursday.

The 100-seater aircraft costs $81 million according to a 2018 price list.

The order of the planes would be Ethiopian Airlines’ first since the fatal crash in March that killed 157 people.

With a total operating fleet of 120 aircrafts, Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s biggest and most consistently profitable carrier.

Other than the A220 order, the carrier has already placed orders for 53 more planes, including 11 Airbus A350-900XWB, 9 Bombardier Q400, 6 Boeing B787-900 and 27 Boeing B737 MAX 8s.

The MAX 8 order, however, remains clouded by uncertainty following the model’s grounding by most airlines around the world following the March crash which occurred just six minutes after the Ethiopian Airlines plane left Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

Tewolde said Ethiopian Airlines would be the last to resume operation of the of the MAX 8.

“It’s only natural for us to be the last one to decide on the Max,” the CEO said. “If we’re convinced the problems are fully addressed, and that the re-certification is done in a collaborative manner with all regulators, then we will take the time, effort and energy to convince our pilots, crew and passengers that the aircraft is safe to get back in the air.”

Source(s): Bloomberg


  1. Forget about A220. What a photo finish at Doha in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase? What a gallant fight to the finish!!!! All glory to both finishers!!!! This is what you call the hearts of champions. In my heart that young man Obbo Girma is also the champion. It was not easy for our noble Kenyan neighbor. 1/10th of 100? Come on!!! In boxing it is call a draw!!! I am still shaking, man!!! What a finish!!! These two lion just dug deep down to the last drop left in their energy tank and kept digging in, digging in!!!! This is just like the close finish that man of the lion heart, Obbo Haile battling his Kenyan arch rival, Paul Tergat at the 2000 Sydney Olympics to the finish. We should all tell that heroic young man, Obbo Girma, that he is our champion. He did not lose today!!!

  2. Meanwhile, even after 24 hours I still could not overcome the goose bump the men’s 3,000 final gave me yesterday. That kid deserves all the glory afforded to a champion. Lemecha bin Girma is yet a 19-yr old teenager for crying out loud!!!! In fact, I am ordering the sports authorities of the old country to bestow the status of a champion upon this gallant fighter. Yes, you heard me right! Where did I get that authority from, you may ask. You are looking at a beyond-repair-with-no-healing-in-sight Afro, Ethio-centric nigga here!!! Ok, our women didn’t come out with a medal. So what? They will come out roaring the next time around. So what? Leave me alone on that one!!!! But I was compensated very with the women’s 1500 final. The gold and the bronze medals were won by the two Ethiopians, Sifan bint Hassan and Gudaf bint Tsegay. You heard me right!!! What? Dutch? Don’t even think about it!!!!

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