Boeing has announced it is to sell four cargo freighters to Ethiopian Airlines at a total list price of $1.3 billion.
The order should see the aircraft delivered in 2018 and 2019. Two of the four planes were a firming of a commitment announced in June.
Speaking at the Dubai Airshow Tuesday, the Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said the deal underlined the vitality of air traffic in North Africa.
"Ours is a fast growing region and we expect growth. There is enough demand for us and competitors," he said.
Gebremariam added his airline was also still in discussions to buy Boeing's long-range 777X, due to enter service in 2019.