Ethiopian Adds Three B787s With Long-Term Lease Agreement With ILFC

  Ethiopian Adds Three B787s With Long-Term Lease Agreement With ILFC

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- November 02, 2012

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of
American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), announced today that Ethiopian
Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, has agreed to lease
three of Boeing’s new Dreamliner 787-8 aircraft.

Henri Courpron, CEO of ILFC and Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines
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Henri Courpron, CEO of ILFC and Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines
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"ILFC is proud to reinforce our partnership with Ethiopian Airlines by adding
to their fleet the most advanced aircraft in the skies today – Boeing’s
Dreamliner,” said ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron. “Ethiopian is a
proud airline with a history of success and commitment within Africa and
international destinations around the world. We look forward to their
continued success.”

Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “In
line with vision 2025 strategic road maps, Ethiopian is scaling up its fast,
profitable and sustainable growth. Being the first in Africa and third in the
world to operate the 787 Dreamliner aircraft and being satisfied with the
performance of the fleet in service, Ethiopian is pleased to bring the B787
fleet to thirteen by 2015. We value our partnership with ILFC.”

ILFC’s Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Colin Bole commented, “Africa
presents a real opportunity for the aviation industry to expand and contribute
to the growth and prosperity of the continent. ILFC is committed to partnering
with the region’s strategically minded airlines such as Ethiopian.” Last year
ILFC opened a full-service office in Amsterdam to support regional customers
including those in Africa.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015 and will
carry GEnx-1B70/75 engines. ILFC is the largest customer for the Boeing 787
Dreamliner with an order book of 74 aircraft. The 787 incorporates visionary
technologies that provide environmental improvements together with enhanced
fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden
international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable
services to 70 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian
is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the
leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach
and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than
21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.

Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards
the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition
of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new
routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of
the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal.
Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable
over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award”
for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the 2012 "African Airline
of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine.

With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleets, the
airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its
2025 strategic plan to become the leading Aviation group in Africa.
www.ethiopianairlines.com

About ILFC

ILFC is the world’s largest independent aircraft lessor measured by number of
owned aircraft. ILFC’s portfolio consists of over 1,000 owned or managed
aircraft, as well as commitments to purchase 239 new high-demand,
fuel-efficient aircraft and rights to purchase an additional 50 of such
aircraft. www.ilfc.com

About AIG

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance
organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. AIG companies serve
commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most
extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition,
AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services
in the United States. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. www.aig.com

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Contact:

ILFC Contact:
Paul Thibeau, +1 310 788 1999
pthibeau@ilfc.com
or
Ethiopian Airlines Contact:
Manager PR & Publications
Tel: (251-1) 517-84-07
publicrelations@ethiopianairlines.com
 
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