Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The Max 8 (ET-AVM) left Seattle on 1 July on a delivery flight via Dublin to Ethiopian’s Addis Ababa base.



Ethiopian, which will eventually have the largest 737 Max fleet in Africa, already operates 15 737-800s and three -700s, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

"We are glad to include the Boeing 737 Max 8…in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years," says Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam.



Ethiopian has configured its 737 Max 8s to seat 160 passengers.

This delivery takes Ethiopian's Boeing fleet to 73 aircraft. Other Boeing types operated include the 737NG and 757 single-aisles and 767, 777 and 787 widebodies. The airline also has nine Airbus A350s and 18 Bombardier Q400s in service.