By Sade Williams
Africa’s first and most technologically advanced aircraft Airbus A350 XWB, has been launched on the London Heathrow route on August 14, 2016.
Passengers on Ethiopian daily non-stop services between Heathrow to Addis Ababa with convenient onward connections to 51 destinations on the African continent, will be able to enjoy the amazing cabin interior features with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors with a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels.
They will also enjoy the wider seats and wide windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting, which enhance comfort and reduce jetlag after a long flight.
The Business class cabin, ‘Cloud 9’, is outfitted with 30 state-of-the-art diamond seats which fully lie-flat bed in a 2x2x2 configuration, offering superior comfort and privacy for its premium travelers.
Economy class will also have 313 seats in a 3X3X3 configuration offering comfortable seat pitch to passengers.
The A350 XWB is one of the most comfortable, technologically innovative and fuel-efficient aircraft in the market today ,providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability combined with the latest technology for a totally unique passenger experience.
The A350 XWB’s innovative technology also improves performance in operation. 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 aircraft and will receive the second one in mid August, bringing increased comfort levels to its customers.
Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian comoeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and dual-class Bombmands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Bardier Q400 turboprop.
The average age of the aircraft in the fleet is five years. 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.
It is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25 per cent in the past seven years.