November 14, 2017 / 7:06 AM / 10 days ago

Ethiopian interested in Boeing's proposed mid-sized jet, could buy 10-20

DUBAI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines would be interested in around 10 to 20 mid-sized jets that Boeing is studying possibly developing, the African airline’s chief executive said on Tuesday.

A worker services an Ethiopian Airlines plane at the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Ethiopian also ordered two Boeing 777 Freighters, and exercised options for two more, Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam said at a Dubai Airshow press conference.

Industry sources have said they expect a commercial launch of the roughly 220 to 270 seat jet next year. It would enter service in 2024 or 2025 as Boeing attempts to leapfrog the hot-selling Airbus A321neo.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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