Kigali and Bujumbura warmly welcomed Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350 - 19 July, 2016

The latest generation, most comfortable and efficient wide body airliner, Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350 XWB, has continued its first operation to different Ethiopian destinations. It has landed in Kigali-Rwanda and Bujumbura-Burundi on July 19, 2016.

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The flight is part of Ethiopian’s commitment to deliver exceptional level of service to the African market by operating this leading-edge technology aircraft.

Ethiopian started its services to these two destinations in 1970’s and currently has twice daily flight to Kigali and daily flight to Bujumbura.

Passengers were enjoying the aircraft’s astonishing features of cabin spaciousness, higher ceilings, larger windows, wide seats and more space at shoulder level due to straight sidewalls, innovative mood lighting, next generation HD in-flight entertainment and 221-inch fuselage cross-section which was designed for an optimum travel comfort in all classes of service.

Ethiopian has additional 13 Airbus firm orders and it  will be receiving the second Airbus in the coming few months.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades 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 93 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, 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