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Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:04 pm

Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of their first 787-8, registered ET-AOQ. It's the first of 10 787s Ethiopian has ordered.

Today, they're flying it from PAE to IAD for media and VIP tours. Operating as ET2501 (Flightaware link) , the aircraft is scheduled to land around 2:00 Eastern.

Tomorrow will be its maiden Africa flight, as it operates IAD-ADD. From there, it will begin scheduled passenger service.

I'll be at IAD today for the press event, and hopefully will be able to update the forum with some photos.

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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:56 pm

Excellent, will be looking forward to the pix.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:58 pm

Is it overweight? Any indications by how much?
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:19 pm

Does anyone know what training all the crew have had? This will be the maiden flight and most crews of other airlines using the 787 had had regional training flights - so seems a bit strange the first flight is IAD - ADD?
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:32 pm

Quoting FCAA321 (Reply 3):
Does anyone know what training all the crew have had? This will be the maiden flight and most crews of other airlines using the 787 had had regional training flights - so seems a bit strange the first flight is IAD - ADD?

very good point, a flight from DC to Africa right off the bat? jeez

just pay for the deivery flight to ADD and keep it in the region for a few days
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:52 pm

IIRC, the IAD-ADD flight is a VIP / delivery flight, part two.

It will come back to Washington for scheduled pax service at some point, but I believe it will be used on regional Africa routes to begin with.

Sorry if I didn't make that clear in my initial post! I will confirm the routes today and update the thread.

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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:59 pm

IAD will not be a regular route for the 787. As stated this IAD-ADD is just a delivery VIP flight. The 777-200LR is ideal for the restricted heavy payload on the westbound ADD-FCO-IAD run. The 777 goes nonstop ADD on the eastbound run. IAD is used a lot for ET as a fuel stop when they take delivery of a aircraft. All of there 737's stop here.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:18 pm

Quoting iadbudd (Reply 6):
IAD will not be a regular route for the 787. As stated this IAD-ADD is just a delivery VIP flight. The 777-200LR is ideal for the restricted heavy payload on the westbound ADD-FCO-IAD run. The 777 goes nonstop ADD on the eastbound run. IAD is used a lot for ET as a fuel stop when they take delivery of a aircraft. All of there 737's stop here.

Obviously, this flight is only a delivery flight, but my understanding is that after a few sectors on short regional routes, for training purposes, ET will put the 787 on the IAD route in place of the 777. I think IAD (via FCO), CAN and JNB will be among its first routes.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:39 pm

The 777LR is far much better than the 787 on ADD-FCO-IAD with the runway length, alltitude, temperature and payload of ADD.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:51 pm

The aircraft is showing on FR24 right now just about to start decent...24 mins to run!
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:57 pm

Quoting AA94 (Reply 5):
It will come back to Washington for scheduled pax service at some point, but I believe it will be used on regional Africa routes to begin with.

Sorry if I didn't make that clear in my initial post!

I think it was very clear AA94. You wrote: "Tomorrow will be its maiden Africa flight, as it operates IAD-ADD. From there, it will begin scheduled passenger service." Clearly revenue service will begin once it is in ADD only.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:55 pm

Here's a pic of the aircraft parked on stand at IAD. I'll post full gallery later.

http://twitter.com/racingwinds/status/235808482123739139/photo/1
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:01 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 10):

Tomorrow's flight is a revenue flight no matter how you see it. You could buy seats on the flight for 950USD for the past 2 weeks. Starting Sept 20, the flight will replace the 777. By then, the second 787 will be delivered (17 Sept).
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:11 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 10):
Clearly revenue service will begin once it is in ADD only.

No. You can buy tix on the flight, I almost did but had to psss due to job commitments. And you could buy both B and Y cabin tickets. VIPs will take a tour of the plane while on the ground at IAD, perhaps some will fly to ADD as well. ET AFAIK always has revenue service out of IAD for all new a/c.

So tomorrow, there will be 2 flights IAD-ADD - ET501 (77L) and ET2501 (787), and both are revenue flights.

[Edited 2012-08-15 13:15:40]
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:16 pm

I recall way back that TWA had a special relationship with EAirlines. Is there a simlar relationship with a western carrier or do they supply their own local pilots,crew and other employees.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:47 pm

Quoting ultrapig (Reply 14):

I recall way back that TWA had a special relationship with EAirlines. Is there a simlar relationship with a western carrier or do they supply their own local pilots,crew and other employees.

Indeed, ET was founded with technical help from TWA. But since 1973 or so, it has been fully managed and operated by Ethiopians.

[Edited 2012-08-15 13:47:32]
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:53 pm

Video of the landing:
http://youtu.be/WPZN_Z3-UtM

And my Razzi pics of Ethiopian Airlines First 787:
http://razzi.me/a/17851

[Edited 2012-08-15 14:12:36]
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:29 pm

The first route should be IAD according to Ethiopian's website after first bedding in the aircraft on it's African network. This is once the carrier receives it's second aircraft.

http://www.flyethiopian.com/en/news/pressreleases.aspx?hl=%20328

Handy as I will be there during this period!!

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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Anyone have some cabin shots?
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:13 pm

ET's 787 will be flying to LHR from 15th Sep
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:20 pm

It was great being able to witness touchdown 50 feet away from the runway and then tour the plane. This plane looks great in ETH colors.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:32 pm

Okay everyone, finally back at a computer. Here are some photos and impressions from the day.

Photos (including cabin): http://flic.kr/s/aHsjBr4MqC

Schedule: The 787 will operate revenue service tomorrow (ET2501 is bookable). It will operate a special sightseeing flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro on Saturday, August 18th. After that, it will go into service operating regional Africa flights. '

From September 20, the 787 will alternate with the 77L on the IAD-ADD-FCO-IAD. No word on what the actual schedule will be.

Schedules up to 03SEP can be found here: http://ethiopianairlines.com/en/info/787_schedules.aspx

Impressions:

* The aircraft is very spacious, especially in Business. I think that's due in part to the overall airy feeling of the 787, but also because ET has done away with a middle bank of overhead bins in J.

* The Y cabin seems to have more space than is standard. I really wouldn't mind spending 8+ hours on this aircraft, even in the back. Legroom for me (and I'm 5'10") was absolutely sufficient.

All in all, seems like a comfortable aircraft, and the people of Ethiopia are extremely proud to operate it. Today's event was a spectacular one, and I wish ET well in all their future endeavors. They really seem well-put together and like a strong airline.

EDIT: clarity

[Edited 2012-08-15 16:37:47]
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:01 am

My last post for this. The marshall in of the 787 at Dulles:

http://youtu.be/lUzIgJ7HsBY
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:15 am

I absolutely love that interior! I don't know why, but I'm especially loving those green and tan seats. The exact shades used seem to just go perfectly with each other.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:25 am

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 23):

   me too! looks very nice! Well done to ET and Boeing!
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:56 pm

This aircraft will be in LAD around the 03 September as part of an african tour. So it will perform a regional tour before LHR.

Any info on when she will depart IAD to ADD? Sometimes we are overflown by the regular ETH501, so maybe we'll see it overhead later today.   Flightaware links appreciated!  
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:17 pm

Its going to depart today at 12:30pm as ETH2501. Regular ETH501 will depart hour earlier.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:35 pm

Quoting AA94 (Reply 21):

* The aircraft is very spacious, especially in Business. I think that's due in part to the overall airy feeling of the 787, but also because ET has done away with a middle bank of overhead bins in J.

It might feel spacious but passengers must still sit 2-2-2 whereas on QR it's 1-2-1 so everyone has access to an aisle.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:39 pm

Quoting 22886 (Reply 19):
ET's 787 will be flying to LHR from 15th Sep

Is that a one off flight as part of its introductory tour - or is this the start of a regular schedule?

I have a soft spot for ET as many many moons ago I had my first ever long haul flight [to ADD] with them on a 767 - would be nice for old times sake to go again on their 787.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:55 pm

Those headrest protectors are atrocious - makes the interior look v. dated.  
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:32 pm

Thanks working2gether and AA94 for sharing the videos and pix.

Quoting dcaviation (Reply 26):
Its going to depart today at 12:30pm as ETH2501. Regular ETH501 will depart hour earlier.

Here is the FA link: http://flightaware.com/live/findflight?origin=KIAD&destination=HAAB
Both flights are ~15 minutes delayed. ET501 (77L) should be taxiing for takeoff in a few minutes, then the 787 at ~12:45pm EST. Hopefully, we will be able to follow the flight on the TATL sector at least on FR24.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 27):
It might feel spacious but passengers must still sit 2-2-2 whereas on QR it's 1-2-1 so everyone has access to an aisle.

Different airlines targeting different customers, ET has to make money, it cannot count on a bailout by its government. You will note that JAL's 787 is just like ET's in B (http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Japan_Airlines/Japan_Airlines_787-800.php) and ANA is 4 abreast.

Quoting AA94 (Reply 21):
but also because ET has done away with a middle bank of overhead bins in J.

Hmm, I thought that it was still there, in one of the pictures.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:00 pm

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 27):
It might feel spacious but passengers must still sit 2-2-2 whereas on QR it's 1-2-1 so everyone has access to an aisle.

I'm sure if the Ethiopians had a bottomless pit of cash like the Qataris do they would have a more luxurious interior, but they don't and have to think about maximizing revenue.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:18 pm

When will the 2nd aircraft be delivered. Also will the JNB/DXB routes be served first with the 787 as originally scheduled?
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:58 pm

Here are some photos from the delivery day ....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdingell/sets/72157631098353494/

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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:14 am

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
When will the 2nd aircraft be delivered. Also will the JNB/DXB routes be served first with the 787 as originally scheduled?

No not right now. The schedule has changed for the 787 to serve Washington Dulles starting September 20th.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:11 am

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):

17 September.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:35 am

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 29):
Those headrest protectors are atrocious - makes the interior look v. dated.

Maybe so (though i see nothing wrong witthe them. the j-class ones could have done away with the colour, just embossed). but at least they provide them. there are many airlines aout theere that dont even provide them especially in Y
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:59 am

What's the USB socket next to the PTV for?
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:54 pm

Quoting andz (Reply 37):
What's the USB socket next to the PTV for?

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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:31 pm

Quoting andz (Reply 37):

Boeing said they hope to have the USB port capable of allowing passengers to play stuff off of their laptops soon.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:22 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
When will the 2nd aircraft be delivered. Also will the JNB/DXB routes be served first with the 787 as originally scheduled?

Apparently the 787 flew to DXB late last night and returned back to ADD this morning.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:24 pm

Quoting MSN007 (Reply 41):

So it's just as scheduled it seems. I'm booked on the early morning flight ex DXB in January. Apparently it's the same aircraft doing the JNB rotations, e.g operates to DXB at nights.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:43 am

Some final photos and videos of the arrival of the plane in ADD.

From the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19304795
Some slideshows on the ET site: http://ethiopianairlines.com/en/info/787_pictures.aspx

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 32):
When will the 2nd aircraft be delivered. Also will the JNB/DXB routes be served first with the 787 as originally scheduled?

LN71 is probably going to be the second plane to be delivered by mid September.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:01 am

Quoting iadbudd (Reply 8):
The 777LR is far much better than the 787 on ADD-FCO-IAD with the runway length, alltitude, temperature and payload of ADD.

That's exactly what they did for their Canada service, which started last month: ADD-FCO-YYZ, YYZ-ADD with a 77L.
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:37 pm

The 787 now have new looks. The name Africa Airline in the rear and large Boeing 787 titles in the front.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gobez/7823348456/in/photostream
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:29 pm

Quoting MSN007 (Reply 45):
large Boeing 787 titles in the front.

Still would have preferred 787 in Ge'ez characters... would have made it unique. Oh well.
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:43 pm

ET's baller Dreamliner in Harare & Lusaka (Pics).
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:02 pm

the 787 schedule till mid Sept is now posted on ET's website (let's hope this is the final list):
http://www.ethiopianairlines.com/en/info/787_schedules.aspx


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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting SepulTALLICA (Reply 47):
ET's baller Dreamliner in Harare & Lusaka (Pics).

Thanks man, that was fast   Are you in HRE yourself?
 
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RE: Ethiopian Airlines: First 787 Delivered

Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:27 pm

Does anyone have a list of when the next 2 Boeing 787 Dreamliners©®™ are to be delivered to ET?
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