The brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on 11 December 2011 to kick off the Africa portion of Boeing's 787 Dream Tour – a six-month worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This is the first time the Dreamliner has visited the African continent. The next stop of the tour will be Nairobi in Kenya, where the aircraft is expected to arrive on 14 Dec 2011.
Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, will be the first airline in Africa to operate flights with the new Boeing aircraft. The airline ordered a total of 10 Boeing 787. The other African airlines that bought Dreamliners are Kenya Airways (9 B787-8) and Arik Air from Nigeria (7 B787-9).
Japan's Nippon Airways is currently the online airline which got (two) Dreamliners delivered.
Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 800 787s are on order by more than 50 airlines, a testament to the airplane's unique capabilities.