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VENTURES AFRICA – Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways competition for the Africa-China route is set to deepen as both airlines acquire the Boeing 777-300ER to facilitate growth in their long-haul routes, especially to China.
Three weeks after KQ’s new Boeing entered service with a direct flight to Guangzhou, China, Ethiopian Airways followed suit with a matching aircraft, which was delivered as the airline signed a maintenance agreement with American company, GE Aviation.
Both airlines are now investing to create awareness as they seek to fill the planes with passengers, Business Daily reported.
Other than China, Ethiopian Airlines is also counting on its new investment to strengthen its operations to the US market, where it offers direct flights.
“The aircraft will be deployed on our long haul non-stop routes to the US and China and will give us exceptional range capability and fuel efficiency,” said a statement by Ethiopian Airways.
While KQ expects to have four of the aircrafts with another expected to be delivered next year, Ethiopian has an order for three others.