13 FEBRUARY 2017
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A third Airbus A350XWB has been phased in at Ethiopian Airlines as the carrier forges ahead with a fleet modernisation programme that has seen it introduce the advanced Airbus as well as the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said: “Both these aircraft are the most technologically advanced in the world today and we are delighted we are one of the very few airlines in the world to own and operate both at their early stage in service.
“Ethiopian Airlines customers will have the special privilege of experiencing the superior features and services of both these environmentally green models, which are enabling us to expand our network to new and exciting destinations.”
The new aircraft, named Erta Ale, after a large basaltic volcano in the Afar region of north-eastern Ethiopia, has a configuration of 30 Cloud Nine Business Class and 313 Economy Class seats.
Ethiopian’s new routes include Oslo (Norway), Singapore, Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Antananarivo (Madagascar). The airline last year became the first African carrier to take delivery of the A350 XWB.
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