Aviation: Ethiopian Airlines receives Africa's first Airbus A350
Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday took delivery of its first Airbus A350 plane in the French aeronautics city of Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to own the new-generation wide-body aircraft.
The plane will first be deployed on the Addis Ababa and Lagos, and Addis Ababa and Dubai routes.
Ethiopian Airlines’ ordered 14 A350XWB planes and says it will receive “the remaining 13 soon, constantly raising the number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet (and) ensuring the extra comfort”.
The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation
The airline said it was proud to be the first one to fly the ultra-modern airplane in the African skies.
“The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
All the new aircraft are configured with 30 Cloud Nine business class seats, and 318 economy seats.
“It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services,” Tewolde added.
Ethiopian Airlines will be the second airline in the Star Alliance network, after Singapore Airlines, to take delivery of the new-generation airbus.
The state-owned carrier is ranked the largest in Africa by revenue and profit by the International Air Transport Association, the global industry body.