Ethiopian, the Second Airline in the Star Alliance Group and First in Africa to take delivery of the A350 XWB - 22 June, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing, and the largest African airline, is only the second airline in the Star Alliance network after Singapore Airline to take delivery of the A350XWB. It is one of the most enjoyable, technologically innovative and fuel-efficient aircraft in the market today. The A350 XWB provides exceptional levels of comfort and reliability applying the latest technology for totally unique passenger experience. 

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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 the comfort while reducing fatigue after a long flight.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian airlines said, “We are proud to be leading the way again and present the A350 XWB to our continent.  We are happy to be providing our passengers more travel options and industry latest technology. We are especially honoured to be the ones bringing these firsts to the continent. With an additional

13 A350XWB on order, we remain well prepared to accommodate the growing number of our passengers and to serve them better. ”

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Ethiopian continues to operate one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient aircraft with an average fleet age of five years.

Ethiopian joined the Star Alliance, the biggest airline alliance in the world, in December 2011. Passengers can now enjoy the ultimate travel experience on board Ethiopian 1st A350XWB primarily to Lagos and Dubai.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, 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 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 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 seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

Mrs. Hanna Atnafu

Manager Corporate Communications

Ethiopian Airlines

Tel: (251-1) 517-89-07/656/165/913/529