Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed the arrival of Airbus A350 for the first time in Nigeria, the newest aircraft in the world. Lagos and Dubai are the first stations to receive the Ethiopian Airlines’ brand new aircraft, the airline stated.
It would be recalled that the airline was the first to bring Boeing B787 Dreamliner to Africa and to Lagos, and also the first airline in Africa to take delivery of Airbus A350XWB on June 28, 2016 in Toulouse, France.
The airline, in a statement, said: “Ethiopian is pleased to make all Africans proud by being the first airline in the world to fly the ultra-modern airplane in African skies. Ethiopian A350 XWB was built for passengers comfort and well-being. Wider seats in both Business and Economy classes, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting enhance passenger comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.”
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Ato Tewolde Gebremariam said: “The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation.
“It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Ethiopian family, I am delighted to see Ethiopian to continue making Africa First in Aviation Technology.”
According to the airline, all seats of the A350 XWB are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational, it noted.
It said that the A350 XWB’s innovative technology also improves performance in operation, stating that its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.
Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon, constantly raising the number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort.