Ethiopian Airlines orders Africa’s first A350-1000
Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopia Airlines, has upsized four of its A350-900 on order to the largest variant of the A350 Family, the A350-1000, becoming Africa’s first customer for the aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines has already ordered 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.
According to Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew the A350-1000 is the best fit for the company’s routes. “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 keeping ourselves abreast of aviation technology advancements to enhance our service and fulfil customers’ demand,” says Taswe.
According to Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and Middle East the A350-900 has delivered extraordinary capability, fuel efficiency, and operational reliability together with unbeatable operational flexibility and efficiency, from short to ultra-long-range operations.
The A350-1000 will increase the East African carrier’s capacity and it will be an addition to its modern wide-body fleet.
The Airbus A350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, a carbon-fibre fuselage and wings, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into high 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.
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