Ethiopian - Dreamliner & new routes Malawi, Zambia and Brazil

Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline to  resume the Boeing 787 Dreamliner service, with a flight, on Saturday, 27 April 2013 with a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

Ethiopian grounded its four Dreamliners on 17 January 2013, following the directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority due incidents related to battery issues on Japanese carriers.

Last week, the US FAA certified solutions proposed by Boeing to the battery issues allowing Ethiopian and other operators to retrofit the new and additional systems and resume flights with the Dreamliners. Boeing and Ethiopian engineers are implementing solutions certified by the US FAA. Following the successful completion of the retrofitting work on the airplane and smooth test flight by Ethiopian pilots, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority approved the commercial flight resumption of Ethiopian Dreamliner.

Ethiopian is the first African and the third airline in the world to own and operate the Dreamliner since entry into service in August 2012. The airline has recently announced an extensive plan to promote tourism to destinations across Africa with flights recently commencing to Ndola, Zambia (NLA), plans for a Blantyre Malawi (BLZ ) route, and a new Southern Africa regional hub possibly in Zambia. An exciting new international route to Sao Paulo Brazil (GRU) starts on July 1st opening up the Latin America - East African markets.