Posted on: 23 June 2016 by Mark Howells
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, becoming the first in Africa to do so and the second in the Star Alliance membership after Singapore Airlines.
The new aircraft, which will primarily operate to Lagos and Dubai, features wider seats than Ethiopian’s other aircraft in both Economy and Business Class, a lower twin-engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting to enhance the comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.
All seats on Ethiopian’s A350 XWB are fitted with the latest HD touchscreen personal monitors and offer a wider selection of film, TV and audio content. The carrier has said it will make in-flight Wi-Fi available to passengers on the aircraft in the future, allowing them to either surf the web on their personal electronic devices or seat-back screens.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, stated, “We are very pleased that Ethiopian is among the few leading airlines in the world to invest in this efficient flying machine. Operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable features in the cabin is one of the four pillars of our ‘Vision 2025’ 15-year strategic road map. The introduction of the A350 is also a component of this strategy. The Airbus A350 XWB will enable us to further expand the quality of our service, especially on our long-haul flights.”
Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft in total.