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Boeing’s MAX delivered to Aerolíneas, Ethiopian

Aerolíneas Argentinas takes on its fifth aircraft of the type, while Ethiopian takes the first of 30.

Boeing has delivered more of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, this time to Argentina’s largest airline Aerolíneas Argentinas and to Africa’s fastest growing carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

Aerolíneas Argentinas is the first company in Latin America to operate the efficient MAX aircraft, Boeing says, and this is the fifth to enter the company direct from the Boeing factory in Seattle.

The investment made to buy these five planes translates into US$4,250,000 worth of annual savings, the manufacturer claims, as the model consumes 14% less fuel than other aircraft of the same kind.

The noise footprint, meanwhile, is reduced by 40%, making these aircraft extremely quiet, Boeing adds, and so more comfortable for passengers.

This acquisition is part of a fleet renewal plan that has enabled the incorporation of four Airbus 330-200s, four Embraer 190s, eleven Boeing 737-800s and the five MAX aircraft, totalling 24 aircraft acquired since 2016.

The process means that the airline’s fleet, comprising 83 aircraft, has become one of the youngest in the region, with an average aircraft age of 6.7 years.

First of 30
In Africa, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines marked the delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets. Ethiopia’s flag carrier has long operated the Boeing 737, and Boeing says that with the MAX it will be able to achieve a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency.

“We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing’s single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.

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