Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines’ MOU will enable the airline to save on maintenance costs through Boeing’s 787 landing gear exchange programme. Picture: supplied.
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines’ MOU will enable the airline to save on maintenance costs through Boeing’s 787 landing gear exchange programme. Picture: supplied.

Ethiopian Airlines signs landing gear MOU with Boeing

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Nov 18, 2021

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Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding that will enable the airline to save on maintenance costs through Boeing’s 787 landing gear exchange programme.

The memorandum was signed at the Dubai Air Show.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said: “As the fastest-growing airline in Africa, much of our success depends on our ability to seek out new ways to drive operational efficiency in our processes.

"As the commercial airline market continues to recover, we believe these services offered by Boeing provide a reliable way to realise more stability and predictability in managing our overall maintenance operations and costs across our fleet.”

Boeing's landing gear exchange programme will ensure the availability of 29 landing gear shipsets to support Ethiopian's 787 fleet, enabling more efficient and cost-effective maintenance.

It also simplifies the contracting, scheduling and management of the landing gear overhaul process.

"Through this programme, air carriers can quickly exchange landing gears that need to be repaired or overhauled with a replacement set of certified landing gear from a dedicated resource pool maintained by Boeing.

"By managing all parts, engineering and technical aspects of the programme, Ethiopian Airlines will have the flexible exchange solution they need to repair and replace landing gear while lowering inventory costs," Ethiopian Airlines said.

Anbessie Yitbarek, vice-president of commercial services sales and marketing for Boeing, said the company valued its long-standing relationship with the airline.

"(We) are pleased to be able to provide these reliable and cost-effective services to help drive efficiency in maintenance and flight operations for their fleet.

“We look forward to implementing these programmes to help them reduce maintenance time and quickly return their aeroplanes to service, and gain the optimal value from these services,” said Yitbarek.

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