Ethiopian Airlines Orders Africa’s First Airbus A350-1000
Ethiopian Airlines Group has ordered for the first ever Airbus A350-1000 Aircraft in Africa making them the A350 first African customer.
The Airlines had already ordered for 22 A350-900s, of which 16 aircraft have been delivered. With the A350-1000 upsizing, Ethiopian Airlines’ backlog consists of four A350-1000s and two A350-900s.
The Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Mesfin Tasew, stated that they are delighted over the upsizing of the latest addition and that it will be handy in satisfying the increasing demand of customers.
“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,” He stated.
Mikail Houari the President of Airbus in Africa and the Middle East revealed that 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.
”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,” Mikail revealed.
The A350-1000 is expected to 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’ level of commonality and same type rating.
The Airbus A350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, a carbon-fiber fuselage, and wings, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivaled 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.
Currently, Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years.