Ethiopian Airlines to become first A350 XWB operator in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines will become Africa’s first Airbus A350 XWB operator, with first of 14 aircraft on June 28, 2016 in its fleet. The airplane will have its seats fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors, as well as inflight Wi-Fi connection.
According to the airline, the A-350 XWB will be the first airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa. All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, Television series and audio channels.
It added that inflight Wi-Fi connection would be made available on this aircraft in the future. Also he said that 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.
The Group Chief Executive Officer 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 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.
“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”, 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, the airline stated.
It further noted that the A350 XWB’s innovative technology would improve performance in operation, noting that 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.