ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10686 times:
Quoting LouA340 (Reply 4): Do you think the much rumoured ADD-ACC-USA flight will be introduced with it?
Most likely to be deployed on LOS/BKK/China routes, as ET needs additional freight capacity on these. This one has been rumoured for a while now, and indicated ex-MH 744-combis as being what ET was after.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9077 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10458 times:
Nice news! And we will soon have a new (temporary) 744 operator in Africa, nice
I am surprised ET is taking the 744 as a temporary solution for their newly ordered 787, isn't that a bit too much of a capacity increase coming from only two aircraft? Isn't it difficult to plan two aircraft which will later be replaced by five aircraft (5 787s)?
In any way, I am glad to see the 744 wearing another airline livery and good luck to ET of course
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4441 posts, RR: 43 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 10204 times:
Will ET be convering these B 744s of MAS into Combis or will they use them as an all pax version aircraft?
They would make more money of them if flying in a Combi version...its worth the initial investment in converting it into one as it will come in handy on the FRA, China, BKK, DXB, LOS, JNB and LHR route.
ETFokker50 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 106 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9041 times:
Wow, I never expected that. Being a long time Ethiopian fan (just look at my username), this is great news, almost better than them getting their 5 787s. I think they need the capactity, their current 757 and 767 isn't quite big enough probably, especially for Cargo. In ADD their working on a cargo terminal, so I wouldn't be suprised if cargo played a big role in the decision. Maybe we'll see a 747 is AMS with flowers (jk).
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9614 posts, RR: 10 Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8488 times:
Surprise, surprise. Who have Ethiopian on their list? Seems strange that they´ll go for jumbos while waiting for the much smaller 787. But who knows, if they have routes that can fill 747s and that really make money, then maybe in the future they even go for a few 747-8Is, especially as technically seen they would go very well along with the 787.
I agree that with the bulk of the 747 in mind the old livery would have been nicer to look at.