Ethiopian Airlines Launches Africa’s First Airbus A350

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and largest African airline, yesterday continued its aviation technology leadership by becoming the first airline in Africa to take delivery of an Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 XWB in total and will be taking delivery of the remaining 13 aircraft in the near future.

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 touchscreen personal monitors and a greater selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight 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.

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