The FINANCIAL -- The delivery of the first Export-Import Bank of the United
States-supported Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Ethiopian Airlines was
celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the main terminal of
Washington Dulles International Airport here today.
Earlier in May, the Bank approved a loan guarantee of more than $1 billion to Ethiopian Airlines for the export of a new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The transaction, which was co-financed by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), also supported the export of G.E. spare engines.
"This aircraft is an example of the kind of American innovation that sets us apart and will drive our export competitiveness in the manufacturing sector," said Patricia M. Loui, director of Ex-Im Bank. "These themes are central to the President's National Export Initiative."
As Ex-Im Bank reported, the Boeing 787 aircraft is the first of its kind to be delivered to any airline outside of Japan, and it is the first one to be financed by Ex-Im Bank.
"At Ex-Im Bank," continued Loui, "we look for opportunities that will meet the objectives of President Obama's Presidential Policy Directive on Africa, which includes stimulating economic growth, trade, and investment in Africa. Ex-Im Bank financing support for Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 aircraft is helping to achieve these important objectives."
Ex-Im Bank has worked with Ethiopian Airlines since 2002 to support its ongoing fleet renewal and expansion program.
"Ex-Im Bank's reliable and consistent support for Ethiopian Airlines' acquisition of state-of-the-art Boeing aircraft, including our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has been an important factor in the successful implementation of our growth strategy. Ethiopian Airlines is proud of being a good client of Ex-Im Bank, and we intend to maintain such a win-win partnership between our two organizations forever," said Kassim Geresu, chief financial officer of Ethiopian Airlines.
Ex-Im Bank authorized a record $1.4 billion to support U.S. export sales to buyers in Sub-Saharan Africa in FY 2011, and the Bank has already topped last year's figures with $1.5 billion in the first three quarters of FY 2012.