Ethiopian takes delivery of two new Airbus A350-900s


London: Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has taken delivery of two new Airbus A350-900 aircraft in Addis Ababa. These new aircraft bring the Ethiopian fleet of A350s to 16 and the first two from the ten additional A350s ordered in 2017.   The interior features a cabin reconfigured for a 1-2-1 business class seating which allows every passenger aisle access, more space and privacy.  The 1-2-1 configurations is a Skytrax 5 star rating requirement and coupled with the new on-board Organic Menu to be launched later this month, makes Ethiopian’s Business Class product worthy of it’s award winning service.  For the Economy Class cabin, seating capacity has increased from 313 to 325, with business class seating 30, bringing the overall seat capacity to 355 for the new aircraft.   The A350-900 will operate on the London-Heathrow route.

Ethiopian recently received two new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner’s and unveiled a new business class product which also features a 1-2-1 herringbone seating configuration.  These aircraft are currently in service on the Manchester to Addis route which operates three times a week.  

Michael Yohannes, UK & Ireland Director said, “These new aircraft are a welcome addition to the Ethiopian fleet and we look forward to welcoming the new A350-900 on the London route.  With excellent connections across Sub Saharan Africa both North and Southbound via our hub in Addis, this makes for an excellent option for passenger and cargo opportunities to Africa”.

The ET delivery flights on the 6th November 2020 (in partnership with Airbus, Sans Frontieres and Pablo Horstmann Foundation), transported tonnes of humanitarian goods onboard the two new Airbus A350-900s. The humanitarian shipment, took off from Toulouse, France to Addis Ababa, loaded with approximately 5 tonnes of cargo consisting of medical and IT equipment. 

The goods will support the work of the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia and The Pablo Horstmann Foundation, which runs children’s hospitals in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopian recently unveiled an ultra-modern, spacious passenger terminal which has been completed with an emphasis on biosecurity and biosafety measures and includes a new state of the art business class lounge and recently won Business Traveller’s Best Airline to Africa,  

About Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 127 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian 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 Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with Six business units: Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.