Due to the runway closure at one of Boeing's production sites, there weren't so many new deliveries this week, most of them occurred on Week 26th's Sunday.
Africa's largest airline Ethiopian become the second airline on the continent to take delivery of a brand-new 737 MAX 8 in form of ET-AVM. Delivered on Sunday, the aircraft flew to Addis Abeba via Dublin on the same day. 160 passengers in business and economy can enjoy the new type which has already flown on routes all across Africa.
Delta Air Lines
N900DN is Delta's 100th 737-900ER and was delivered on Sunday, too. 180 passengers can fly on the new plane which has been in Kansas City for some after delivery works. Delta Air Lines has a further 30 of the type on order.
The next Chinese airline also received their first 737 MAX 8 on Sunday, B-1485 is the first of the type in OK Air's fleet. While the configuration is still unknown, the airline equips its current 737-800 with 177 seats, so it's likely the new type will feature the same configuration. OK Air is expecting a further 6 MAX 8 as well as 8 MAX 10. The aircraft is already in service across OK Air's network.
Although it is rumored Air Tanzania has another 787 on order, 5H-TCG is so far the first and only 787 the airline is expecting. Contractually delivered on Sunday, the airline officially took the aircraft home on Friday on a 22-hour journey. 262 passengers in a three classes are allowed to fly the brand new aircraft, Air Tanzania is only the fourth airline in Africa to operate the type. At first the 787-8 will be deployed on domestic Tanzanian routes before the airline is launching a three-weekly service to Mumbai, India.
Another long-awaited first is the delivery of an A380 to a second-hand customer and this "achievement" was unlocked on Wednesday, when wet-lease specialist HiFly too delivery of their first A380, becoming the 14th overall operator of the aircraft. 9H-MIP was formerly in service with Singapore Airlines and is leased from Doric. HiFly plans to keep Singapore's interior until 2021 when the certification of the businessclass seats runs out. The aircraft is currently in Malta for painting before being leased to airlines in need for such a large aircraft, HiFly has named mainly existing European A380-customers as target groups, but maybe Norwegian can snag a good deal on the aircraft?
A second A380 is scheduled for delivery in 2019 and until then, HiFly is the smallest A380-operator in the world.