Ethiopian airline will be finalising a deal with Airbus to purchase as many as 20 narrow-body A220 planes worth more than $1.6 billion.
Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said in an interview that they in the last stages of talks with Airbus for the finalise the deal, to purchase between 10 and 20 planes.
Ethiopian decided to move from Boeing 737s to A220s after one of its 737MAX crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport, which killed 157 people.
The Airbus A220 was formerly known as the Bombardier ‘C Series’ before being taken over by Airbus after an escalated trade dispute between Bombardier and Boeing.
Ethiopian has 27 Boeing 737Max aircraft still on order along with 11- Airbus A350-900XWB, 6- Boeing B787-900 and 9- Q400 Bombardier
Africa’s biggest airline which recorded profits year after year while its rivals Kenya Airways and South African Airways reported losses and surviving with government support.