TEL AVIV(VINnews)— An eagle-eyed plane spotter noticed that the name of one of the new Dreamliner planes ordered by Ethiopian Airlines is “Tel Aviv,” in honor of the Israeli city.
The plane’s name was revealed as it left the Boeing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to the Ynet news site, the name was supposed to be a surprise and was to be revealed at a ceremony at Ben Gurion airport. The Ethiopian state airline operates two daily flights between Tel Aviv and Addis Ababa and the new airline will most likely feature on those flights.
Naming planes for cities is a common practice with airline companies and El Al also has a number of planes named for cities, among them a plane named for Tel Aviv.