Ethiopian Airlines orders additional Boeing 777-200LR

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Ethiopian Airlines has ordered an additional Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, a deal worth $276 million at list prices.

The order will add to the airline's fleet of five 777-200LRs and allow it to add more long-haul routes, says the carrier.

No details on the delivery schedule of the aircraft were mentioned.

"The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open direct routes from Washington DC to Addis Ababa as well as Addis Ababa to Beijing, Toronto and other long-range routes. In line with our Vision 2025, we plan to provide more and more non-stop long-haul flights to connect east, west, north and south using the strategic location of our Addis Ababa hub," says the Star Alliance carrier's chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam.

"This additional airplane will let us take full advantage of the performance and economics of this great airplane."

Ethiopian also has an outstanding order for six 777 freighters, according to Flightglobal's Ascend database.