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Boeing Chooses Ethiopia for African Headquarters, Citing Safety and Strategic Partnerships

ADDIS ABABA — In a decisive move that underscores Ethiopia’s standing in the aviation sector, Boeing has announced the establishment of its African headquarters in the country.

This decision places Ethiopia ahead of other strong contenders, Kenya and South Africa, and highlights the nation’s exemplary aviation safety record.

Industry analysts suggest that Ethiopian Airlines’ unwavering support for Boeing played a significant role in this decision. The airline was the first in Africa to order the Boeing 777X, and last year it placed a substantial order for 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s and 20 Boeing 737 Max planes, despite Boeing’s recent operational challenges.

Henok Shawl, a seasoned aviation expert and former Ethiopian Airlines employee, has been appointed to lead the new headquarters. Shawl’s extensive experience in both aviation and telecommunications is expected to be an asset in Boeing’s strategic expansion across the continent.

Boeing’s projections indicate that African carriers will require 1,030 new aircraft over the next two decades to meet rising international standards.

Establishing a headquarters in Ethiopia positions Boeing to capitalize on this anticipated growth and reinforces its commitment to supporting the development of the African aviation sector.

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