Ethiopian Airlines is pleased with the increased reliability of its Boeing 787 fleet, but admits that it still needs to improve further.
Chief operating officer for the Star Alliance carrier Mesfin Tasew tells Flightglobal Pro that the carrier’s 787 fleet has been beset with various issues, including premature component failures, that have affected its dispatch rate.
He says that the rate “has improved”, but adds that the carrier “needs more improvement” in the type's reliability.
“There are a number of product improvements that Boeing is working on to further enhance the reliability,” says Tasew.
He adds that he is pleased with the progress being made on repairing the fuselage of its 787 that has been grounded at London Heathrow airport since a fire broke out on board in July.
“Boeing as the manufacturer came up with the repair scheme and it is working well now,” he says, adding that the aircraft is now in the “restoration phase” and will be back in operation by mid-December.
Ethiopian has four 787-8s in service and a further eight on order.