Dkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2482 times:
SEATTLE, July 27, 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ethiopian Airlines officials held celebrations for the delivery of a new 737-700 airplane at Boeing Field this past week. A brief ceremony in front of the airline's fifth 737 airplane highlighted the transaction between the two companies, whose long-standing relationship dates back some 50 years.
With assistance from Ethiopian Consul General Ato Solomon Tadesse and the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce, Boeing also hosted a delivery dinner in honor of Seattle 's local Ethiopian community and the national carrier. The festivities took place at Chateau St. Michelle, a local winery and vineyard renowned for fine wines and beautifully landscaped grounds.
"This event illustrates for Ethiopians living in Seattle how Boeing works closely with Ethiopian Airlines to solidify and enhance their business relationship and makes us proud of our national carrier and the Boeing airplanes they fly all over the world," Consul General Tadesse said.
Mike Cave, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager of airplane programs, represented Boeing employees and leadership at the dinner. Cave thanked Ethiopian Airlines' CEO Ato Girma Wake for the airline's commitment to Boeing airplanes and explained that "the relationship between our two companies is a journey requiring a lot of work, understanding and a joint commitment to success."
"It's great to meet informally in situations such as this to celebrate the results of all our hard work together," Cave said.
Ato Girma Wake marked the event with an entertaining history of Ethiopia 's commercial airline growth and praised Boeing for continued support and service. "There is a difference when working with a company over a long term," he stated.
"We've learned a lot about each other over the years, and it's events like this where we come together to renew our commitments and plan for future growth."
Ethiopian Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737 and 767 aircraft and is recognized as one of the top African airlines serving regional and international routes in Asia, Europe and North America.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2420 times:
Great news and developments at Ethiopian.
DKNY, since you're discussing your proud national carrier, could you tell us what kind of traffic Ethiopian books on its Hong Kong and Bangkok flights? They are very exotic routes and I have always wondered about whether the bulk of the passengers are business travellers connecting to other African capitals.
Dkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2408 times:
ET has 5 flights to Bangkok a week, 3 of them continuing to Hong Kong and 2 continuing to Guangzhou. Their flights are pretty full, don't know exact loads but they are mostly passengers coming in from west Africa.
Dkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2231 times:
The Boeing Co. has only revealed the identities of four of the 24 airlines it said last month have placed either firm or tentative orders for its new 7E7 Dreamliner.
While company officials won't say whether Ethiopian Airlines is one of the 20 mystery customers, it's clear that Boeing would sure like to add the carrier to its list of 7E7 buyers.
Boeing recently threw a lavish dinner and wine-tasting event for visiting executives from Ethiopian Airlines at Woodinville's Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
The official purpose of the July 21 dinner was to celebrate the delivery of a new Renton-built 737-700 jetliner, but Boeing Commercial Airplanes Senior Vice President Mike Cave used the occasion to publicly present the airline's CEO a surprise gift with a not-so-subtle message.
It was a large framed painting of a Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner in flight over the mountains of Ethiopia, bearing the logo and green, yellow and red colors of the state-run airline.
The painting included an inscription that read: ``Presented to Ethiopian Airlines for continued leadership in the 21st Century.''
Ato Girma Wake, the carrier's chief executive, told Cave, ``This will be dear, not only to me, but to everyone in Ethiopian Airlines.''
Boeing spokesman Brian Walker declined to answer an inquiry from the Journal as to whether Ethiopian Airlines was one of the company's 24 Dreamliner customers, but said ``the 7E7 is the logical replacement for the 767,'' noting that the new plane offers more range and capability for the same price.
Ethiopian Airlines, which flies an all-Boeing fleet, currently flies five 767s, with one more on order.
Ihssane Mounir, director of international sales for Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division, confirmed that the company will be sending a sales team to Ethiopia this week to discuss the possibility of adding 7E7s to the airline's fleet of 737s and 767s.
``I personally see them as a future customer for the 7E7,'' said the Moroccan-born Mounir. ``Now, it's a question of making it work.''
Ethiopian Airlines has been an exclusive Boeing customer since 1962, and before that had been an exclusive customer of McDonnell Douglas (which merged with Boeing in 1997) since the airline's inception in 1946.
But despite the longstanding relationship between the two companies, it's not a given that Ethiopian Airlines will always operate an all-Boeing fleet.
A Boeing sales executive, who spoke with the Journal at the dinner, said rival Airbus SAS constantly tries to woo long-time Boeing customers, just as Boeing tries to court the European plane maker's clients.
Cave acknowledged that fact during a speech he gave prior to presenting his gift to Wake: ``We know a relationship is something you have to work at. We know it's a product of hard work. You have an all-Boeing fleet. We will never take that for granted.''
Holding dinners to celebrate plane deliveries is a way of cementing Boeing's relationship with its airline customers, Cave said.
In the case of the reception Boeing threw for Ethiopian Airlines, the company spared little expense to try to make the carrier's visiting executives feel welcome.
The company enlisted the services of Ethiopian Consul General Ato Salomon Tadesse and Seattle's Pan-African Chamber of Commerce, to invite several members of the Puget Sound region's growing Ethiopian community to attend the dinner.
Wake, who also presented Cave and several other Boeing executives with gifts at the dinner, said he was touched by the company's welcoming gestures.
In recalling his airline's history of working closely with Boeing, Wake said ``A long relationship is always good, but it has to be renewed all the time. Today's delivery and dinner is a renewal of that relationship.''
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2745 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
Although Boeing is of course going to woo Ethiopian with the 7E7, I'm also wondering if the subject of the airline's 3 777-200ER options was brought up. If their Asian flights are going well, could they be looking at the extra capacity? DKNY?