21 AUGUST 2017
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Refurbishment work on the first of the Boeing B767-300 ER fleet deployed by Ethiopian Airlines on its routes to India, the Middle East and Africa has been completed.
The aircraft has been successfully fitted with new full flat-bed seats in Cloud Nine Business Class. The company, the largest airline in Africa, says the whole B767 fleet will be finished by December, with the programme also introducing updated inflight entertainment systems with high-resolution 17in screens and in-seat power outlets, new lighting and other enhancements.
Passengers in the main cabin will also have the benefit of new seats and multiple channels of inflight audio and video entertainment accessible with their own mobile devices and tablets.
Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airline had invested more than $6m to retrofit the B767 fleet to provide more choice and greater comfort to passengers.
Elsewhere, Ethiopian last week celebrated with a cake cutting ceremony the reintroduction of flights to Bahrain. The 2,292km (about 1,425mi) route, which was last served in 2011, will be flown three times weekly by Boeing B737-800.
The airline, which has one of the world’s youngest fleets, has future plans to receive a further 19 Airbus A350-900s, four Boeing B787-900s and five Bombardier Q400s.
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