Ethiopian Airlines Orders Africa’s First A350-1000
Ethiopian Airlines Group, the flag carrier of Ethiopia, Africa’s largest airline group, has upsized four of its A350-900 on order to the largest variant of the A350 Family, the A350-1000, becoming Africa’s first customer for the aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We are delighted over the upsizing of the A350-900 on order to the largest variant, A350-1000, that helps us stay ahead of the curve in technology. We are the technology leaders in the continent introducing the latest technology and fuel-efficient fleet into Africa. The A350-1000 is the best fit for our dense routes, and we believe that the upsizing will be instrumental in satisfying the increasing demand of customers in our vast global network across five continents. We will continue on keeping ourselves abreast of aviation technology advancements to enhance our service and fulfill customers’ demand.”
“We are proud of our strong partnership with Ethiopian Airlines – the first airline in Africa to order and operate the A350-900. In another first, Ethiopian Airlines is once again leading the way in Africa’s aviation sector by introducing the A350-1000, the largest version of the world’s most efficient and technologically advanced passenger aircraft,” said Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and the Middle East. “The A350-900 has delivered extraordinary capability, fuel efficiency, and operational reliability of 99.5 percent together with unbeatable operational flexibility and efficiency, from short to ultra-long-range operations.”
The A350-1000 will increase the East African carrier’s capacity and it will be an addition to its modern wide-body fleet. The airline will benefit from a flexible, high-value Family leveraging Airbus’ unprecedented level of commonality and same type rating.
The Airbus A350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, a carbon-fibre fuselage and wings, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency and sustainability for Ethiopian Airlines, with a 25% reduction in fuel-burn and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation twin-aisle aircraft.
Ethiopia’s national airline is Ethiopia’s flag carrier. For starters, over the last seventy years, Ethiopian Carriers has risen to become one of the continent’s leading airlines. It is unrivalled in Africa when it comes to efficiency and operational success. It has made money for almost the entire time it has been in business. The airline has also become one of Ethiopia’s most important industries, operating at the forefront of technological advancements. It is regarded as a trustworthy institution in Africa as well. It also has a large chunk of the pan-African network under its control. This includes all east-west flights on the continent, both daily and twice-daily. Ethiopian Airlines flies to a total of 100 international destinations as well as 21 domestic destinations.
The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the major hub for Ethiopian Airlines. It is also one of the largest airports in Africa. On January 21, 2003, the ultra-modern airport terminal was. This spacious terminal handles all international flights with its 21st-century facilities. Lastly, Addis Ababa Airport is the busiest airport in East Africa. It has the capacity of providing world-class passenger and cargo services to more than 22 million international and domestic passengers each year.