Ethiopian to order 10-20 narrowbodies: CEO

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Ethiopian Airlines intends to order 10 to 20 new narrowbodies within three months, and the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 Max and Bombardier CSeries are all in contention, says chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam.

“Right now we have an RFP with all the manufacturers of the narrowbody fleet. All manufacturers have responded and a team of experts [from Ethiopian] are evaluating them and I think in the next three months we should be able to decide,” he tells Flightglobal.

Ethiopian is also evaluating the Embraer 190 and 195 jets and the Sukhoi Superjet.

Gebremariam says the carrier is looking for aircraft that can operate within a 4-5h radius of Addis Ababa.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that the airline’s fleet incudes five 737-700s and nine 737-800s. It has four 737-800s on order.