Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in connecting Africa with the rest of the world, continued its aviation technology leadership with yet another first African Airbus A350 XWB. Ethiopian named this youngest fleet after ‘The Simien Mountains.’
In its successful 70 years of history, Ethiopian has so many firsts in African aviation industry. The A-350 XWB will be the first airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa, according to Ethiopian.
All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, Television series and audio channels. Inflight 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 smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said: ” We are very pleased that Ethiopian has taken the leadership role in Africa and has become among the few leading airlines in the world to invest in this latest technology and efficient flying machine.”
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 A-350 is one component of this strategy.
Tewolde further said ” 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.”
According to Tewolde, the Airbus 350 XWB will enable Ethiopian to further expand its service quality especially on long-haul flights and strengthen its connectivity and herald with the least carbon emission. “The New Spirit of Africa’ to the world.” Tewolde added.
Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon constantly raising number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort, he said.
Ethiopian is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft, according to Ethiopian.