Ethiopian B787 lands at Lagos Airport

Ethiopian Airlines first B787-8 Dreamliner touched down at Lagos Airport yesterday as part of its African introduction tour. The aircraft will also operate today’s return flight between Addis Ababa and Lagos and tomorrow’s return flight between Addis Ababa and Abuja.

Ethiopian Airlines – B787-8 – ET-AOQ (copyright Ethiopian)

Earlier this week, United Airlines announced that it will operate its five-weekly Houston-Lagos service with a B787 per 7 January 2012.

Arik Air has seven B787-9s on order from Boeing, but it will take a couple of years before they will be built. Some months ago, Air Nigeria announced it would purchase four B787-8s, but it’s highly unlikely that the airline will realise this acquisition.

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10 responses to “Ethiopian B787 lands at Lagos Airport”

  1. Alaba says :

    Fantastic looking machine. Hope reality meets the projections by Boeing in terms of operating economics (the RR Trent 1000 especially) and that amazing claim of 85db noise level at airports.
    This is the future, now. (sorry for the ad plug usage)

  2. LAF says :

    The couldn’t come sooner. God to see that Lagos will early exposure to this type, most likely to frequent LOS than the 380. Arik’s network & planning dept should be making serious (re)calculations on their fleet strategy.
    Latch on to the Qantas cancellations for accelerated deliveries (not sure about engine selection) if favourable deals could be made perhaps?
    Highly welcome early African representation. Thanks ET.

  3. Alaba says :

    How many female pilots are there in Nigeria? I remember there were about three in the 1980s. I ask because I’ve just seen pictures by a Nigerian aviation photographer saying it was a first for him to be flown by female captains. There was a female Concorde captain. About 20% of British Airways pilots are female and I routinely am flown by all female crews around Europe.

  4. Greg says :

    Alaba, earliest Nijah female pilot was Chinyere, nee Onyemachara, current head of NCAT, who got her CPL/Inst in 1979, to national acclaim. First on the continent was Ethiopia’s Meluemebet Emru, qualified in the mid sixties. Sometime in the period 1986-88, Hadiza Lantana Oboh, checked out as F/O with Nigeria Airways on B732, whilst there was already a Lady captain on Skypower Express Bandits (both covered by NTA news). Sadly, Oboh was murdered sometime in 1997/8 by her mai-guard and street types, as part of a robbery op. Kenya Airways flew a local op years ago with an all-female crew, (never knew the type), and then, in 2010 or 11, Aero with fanfare, flew an all Lady cast on a Dash 8 flight(Lag/Warri). That captain is a mother, wife and unionist. Ethiopian, trailing KQ and Aero, checked out a Lady as capt on the Dash8-Q400.

    • Alaba says :

      Thanks for the heads up LAF and Greg. I remember cringing with hindsight now, what the Nigerian airline pilots and flight engineers union said in the mid 80s about female pilots.
      The first female jet fighter shoot down in the world featured an Ethiopian flying an SU 27 Flanker.

  5. Greg says :

    @ Alaba: Female fighter shoot down…Ethiopian Lady…SU 27…MIND BLOWING!

  6. Alaba says :

    Maybe on another thread, we must return to the issue of how good or otherwise our own military pilots are.

    • LAF says :

      All good stuff. Had avi been like it is in the academic and business arena, we’d have all gone to sleep having dozed off counting the respectable list of women achievers in-house and on continent.

      Having helped clear off the national olymic blues, let’s expect a very pressing shoot down of the USA by our squadron of Super Falconets on tuesday. They are currently undergoing preflight checks (training) ahead of the game.

      A happy September full of great deliveries.

  7. jide says :

    Beats me how Ethiopia, not as populated or rich as Nigeria are able to keep an airline running with up to date equipment, while Nigeria cannot.

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