Hello Lagos, Nigeria! Are you ready to receive Africa’s first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft? - 02 July , 2016

Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in the continent has now renewed its leadership status in the African aviation industry by operating the first African Airbus A350 XWB. What is more, Ethiopian has many more state-of-the-art aircraft in its operation and in order.

A pan-African airline, Ethiopian, is committed to introduce the continent with the latest and most advanced aviation technologies and systems of the century. Ethiopian Airbus being to roar on the African skies and beyond, the question is which city is to host this state-of-the-art aircraft first in African soil.

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Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, in this regard said, “for us, it is always; ‘Africa First’; and that is why we have decided to start our first Airbus A-350 operation to/from the giant of Africa, Nigeria and specifically Lagos on July 2, 2016.

The introduction of latest technology air machines like the Airbus A-350 and the B-787 Dreamliner strongly show that Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general are rising in the 21st Century with fastest growing socio-economic developments.”

Ethiopian is now the leading airline in Africa, Ethiopian is the largest cargo operator in the continent, Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) is the largest and the most advanced aviation academy with an annual intake capacity of 4000 trainees, and Ethiopian operates the oldest and the largest MRO Services with many more firsts in the pipe line.

As Ethiopian will continue receiving the second Airbus soon after and the rest accordingly, there will be more Airbuses in its long haul routes to create seamless connectivity while assuring the extra comfort for our esteemed customers.

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