18 JULY 2016
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Ethiopian Airlines flew into the record books last month as 350 members of staff came together to create what the Guinness World Records organisation certified was the largest human image of an aircraft.
The attempt, which took place at Addis Ababa Airport was to celebrate airline taking delivery of Africa’s first Airbus 350 XWB (BTN 27 June), which airline officials say marks an important milestone for the region’s aviation industry.
Guinness World Records adjudicators were on hand to verify the record attempt, which saw Ethiopian Airlines employees line up to form the outline of the super-jumbo.
All the participants, dressed in bright yellow uniforms, were carefully measured for arrangement and numeric accuracy to set the new benchmark in honour of the new aircraft which inspired the record.
The A350 has been nicknamed by staff as Semien Mountain, in reference to a local landmark.
Ethiopian Airlines successful record attempt beat the previous benchmark set by 342 people at the Asahi Shogakusei Shinbun Kids’ Challenge Project in Tokyo in March.
The carrier collected its first A350 last month, becoming the seventh operator of the type after Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LATAM, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
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