Ethiopian Airlines names its Dreamliner after Taj Mahal

The flagship carrier of the East African nation of Ethiopia has named its newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner after India’s most famous monument- the “Taj Mahal”. The air carrier hopes that it will strengthen already established ties with India with increasing number of Indian travellers.

This is the first time that the airline has named an aircraft of its Dreamliner fleet after a historical or heritage site outside of Africa.

To meet the demand from the Indian market, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has decided to operate big-sized aircraft connecting Ethiopian capital.

Over 13 million people travel out of India every year. Hence, with its large African network, ET hopes that it will be in a position to benefit from the heavy tourism business from India and the large number of those travelling across the region.

ET, which currently operates daily flights to New Delhi and twice daily to Mumbai, is also interested in operating from other Indian destinations like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

ET is the first African carrier to induct Boeing’s new state-of-the-art airplane into regular service in Africa. Ethiopian is also a member of the Star Alliance.