28 January 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Ethiopian Airlines said they have partnered with two Puget Sound-based non-profit organizations, Seattle Alliance Outreach and Evangelical Africa Mission Outreach, to transport 7,300 pounds (3,311 kilograms) of medical and educational supplies to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on a newly delivered 777-300ER (extended range) airplane.
The 777-300ER, delivered to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines, was loaded with a variety of medical equipment and supplies for the Black Lion Hospital, the largest general hospital in Ethiopia, along with more than 100 computers donated by the Bellevue, Wash. School District for use at Ethiopia´s Goba High School.
This latest flight is part of Boeing´s long-running Humanitarian Delivery Flights program that began in 1992. Since then, the program has worked in partnership with nearly 50 different carriers worldwide to undertake more than 150 humanitarian flights.
This airplane is the second 777-300ER to join the Ethiopian Airlines fleet, which is made up of nearly 50 Boeing airplanes, including Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners. The airline´s cargo fleet includes 757 and 777 Freighters and MD-11s, with the Ethiopian-flag carrier enjoying a relationship with Boeing that spans over half a century.