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Is African Aviation Going to be the Next Big Integration Magnet?

The African aviation market is growing fast, but faces a lot of regulatory obstacles, writes Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He argues that "Africa must move towards embracing a conducive and smart regulatory framework that liberalises its skies in order to realise a profitable and globally competent airline industry." Read more. More about the ECA in this BRIEFING.

When Ethiopian Airlines acquired its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in August 2012, it became the second airline in the whole world to own and operate the long-range, mid-size widebody, twin-engine jet airliner. To power its fleet of 787 Dreamliners, Ethiopian Airlines purchased GE Aviation's GEnx engines. Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline in Africa to fly GEnx-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts.


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