Ethiopian Airlines Launches Africa’s First Airbus A350

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Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and largest African airline, has continued in its aviation technology leadership as it has recently becoming the first airline in Africa to take delivery of an Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse, France.

The A350 XWB is one of the most comfortable, technologically innovative and fuel-efficient aircraft in the market today providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability combined with the latest technology for a totally unique passenger experience.

Africa’s first A350 will provide an enhanced travel experience for every passenger with a host of new features aimed at increasing comfort and well-being. Wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting all enhance comfort and reduce jet-lag after a long flight.

The Business class cabin, ‘Cloud 9’, will be outfitted with state of the art diamond fully lie-flat seats in a 2x2x2 HVH configuration, offering superior comfort and privacy for its premium travelers. Economy passengers will also enjoy wider and more comfortable seats with increased leg room. All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touch screen personal monitors and a greater selection of movies, television series and audio channels. In-flight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the near future.

The A350 XWB’s innovative technology also improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.


Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. 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. 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 year strategic road map and the introduction of the A-350 is a major component of this strategy. We have made sure that our aircraft is designed and configured to surpass the expectations of our customers. The Airbus 350 XWB will enable us to further expand our service quality especially on our long-haul flights and strengthen our connectivity whilst emitting the lowest possible carbon emission to our planet – truly The New Spirit of Africa.”

Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft and will continue to receive the remaining 13 in the near future bringing increased comfort levels to more of its valued customers.

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

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