By Nicholas Pescod – AfricanBrains
On Aug. 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. may have said “I have a dream,” in his famous speech out front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C, but for Ethiopian Airlines one very big dream has indeed come true.
According to allAfrica.com, Ethiopian Airlines is the first carrier in the world, aside from Japan, to operate one of the most coveted aircrafts in the past decade, the Boeing 787. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania becoming the first African destination for the plane.
On Monday, people gathered and cheered at Tanazania’s second largest airport to welcome those who touched down on KIA’s runway.
The Dreamliner dubbed ‘Africa’s First,’ taxied at KIA runaway last Monday, afternoon, amid cheers from spectators who gathered at the nations second largest terminal to welcome travelers aboard the Ethiopian Airline’s Boeing 787-8 with a passenger capacity of 270.
Ethiopian Airlines representative Ms. Nadia Ahmed, said the choice of Kilimanjaro to be the ‘Dreamliner’s first destination shows the company’s commitment in connecting Tanzania’s Northern Zone Circuit to the rest of the world.
At the moment the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is only operated by Japanese airlines, is the Seattle-Chicago-based Company’s most advanced plane. The aircraft is constructed with much lighter composite material, half of which is carbon fiber.
Aside from the fuel saving design features the Dreamliner also has larger windows to provide a stronger connection to the outside world. While, on-board humidity is increased and the cabin pressure is adjusted to what it feels like on the ground. Another special feature is LED lights that slowly change colour, which is designed to fight flight fatigue.