Ethiopian introduces Africa’s first A350 XWB to its fleet

Ethiopian Airlines has introduced A350 XWB aircraft to its fleet. The A350 XWB will be the first Airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa

Ethiopian Airlines has introduced A350 XWB aircraft to its fleet. The A350 XWB will be the first Airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa. All seats are fitted with HD touch screen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. In flight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world, while others can use the individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

Tewolde GebreMariam, group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable customer features in cabin is one of the four pillars of our vision 2025 15 years strategic road map, and the introduction of the A350 is one component of this strategy. We have also made sure that our aircraft is designed and configured to surpass the expectations of our customers. Africa’s first A350 will provide new features such as wider seats in both business and economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting to enhance the comfort, while reducing fatigue after a long flight.”

“The Airbus 350 XWB will enable us to further expand our service quality especially on our long-haul flights and strengthen our connectivity and herald with the least carbon emission to our planet ‘The New Spirit of Africa’ to the world,” added GebreMariam.

Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon. The A350 XWB’s technology improves performance in operation. Its airframe and simplified systems have optimised fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.

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