Ethiopian Airlines names new Dreamliner plane ‘Tel Aviv’
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Ethiopian Airlines names new Dreamliner plane ‘Tel Aviv’

Aircraft’s moniker said to have been a secret that was to be revealed at Ben Gurion Airport ceremony

Illustrative -- an Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia, April 27, 2013 (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)
Illustrative -- an Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia, April 27, 2013 (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

Am eagle-eyed plane spotter has noticed the name of one of the new Dreamliner planes ordered by Ethiopian Airlines: Tel Aviv.

The plane’s name was revealed as it left the Boeing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to the Ynet news site, the moniker was supposed to be a surprise and was to be revealed in a ceremony at Ben Gurion airport.

The Ethiopian state airline operates two daily flights between Tel Aviv and Addis Ababa.

In March, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down six minutes after takeoff, apparently due to a technical malfunction, killing all 157 people on board including two Israelis.

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