I have a Dreamliner: Ethiopian Airlines becomes first airline to operate the Boeing 787

First flight of Boeing 787 Dreamliner on December 15, 2009

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.

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Nicholas Pescod attended Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario and graduated in 2007. After deciding to return for an extra semester of high school he attended the University of Guelph in 2008. In 2009 he transferred from University into Centennial College’s journalism program and graduated in 2012. Pescod has been a contributor to the East-Toronto Observer, and he currently contributes to the North Shore News’ entertainment section. While at Centennial College he created Radio Nation, a weekly Internet radio show with a focus on indie music. Since Radio Nation began in November of 2010 there have been over 70 different live guests. In 2011 Pescod received a Global Citizenship award from Centennial for his work on Radio Nation. The show has regular listeners from around the world. Email: nicholas.pescod@africanbrains.org