Aid supplies from Everett to Ethiopia via 777

The Boeing Co. and Ethiopian Airlines worked with two non-profit groups based in metro Puget Sound to move 7,300 pounds of medical and educational supplies to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The supplies were hauled on a newly delivered 777-300ER airplane. The plane was delivered to GE Capital Aviation Services and is being leased to Ethipoian Airlines, according to a news release from Boeing.

The cargo included supplies for the Black Lion Hospital, the largest general hospital in Ethiopia, and more than 100 computers donated by the Bellevue School District to Goba High School in Goba, which is southeast of the capital.

“Ethiopian Airlines attaches the highest importance to its corporate social responsibility and its duty to give back to the community it serves,” Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said in the release. “This is Ethiopian’s 19th humanitarian flight in partnership with Boeing. We pledge to continue such humanitarian flights and to do even more in the future, as we expand our fleet.”

Started in 1992, Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program has worked with nearly 50 different air carriers to conduct more than 150 humanitarian flights.

Ethiopian Airlines has conducted more than any other carrier, according to Boeing.

The two nonprofits are Seattle Alliance Outreach and Evangelical Africa Mission Outreach.

The flight left from Paine Field, which is next to Boeing’s Everett plant, where the 777 is assembled.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com.

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