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Ethiopian Airlines Soars to New Heights: Secures Additional 11 A350-900s for Long-Haul Dominance

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Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s premier carrier, has solidified its commitment to excellence by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for an additional 11 Airbus A350-900s, augmenting its already impressive fleet. This latest agreement elevates Ethiopian Airlines’ total order book and commitment for the A350 to 33, including four A350-1000s.

Ethiopian Airlines currently boasts a fleet of 20 A350-900s, and with this strategic move, it further cements its status as the largest A350 customer on the African continent.

The signing ceremony of the MoU took place at the prestigious Dubai Airshow, graced by the presence of Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer.

Expressing enthusiasm, Mr. Mesfin Tasew stated, “We are thrilled to confirm our commitment to acquiring 11 Airbus A350-900s. As an airline dedicated to customer satisfaction, we eagerly anticipate enhancing our passengers’ experience with the A350’s outstanding features, such as its remarkably quiet cabin and ambient lighting. Expanding our fleet with the latest in technological advancements underscores our commitment to providing a convenient and memorable onboard journey for our esteemed passengers.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, praised Ethiopian Airlines, saying, “Ethiopian Airlines exemplifies how to leverage the exceptional capabilities of the A350 for long-haul travel, capitalising on Ethiopia’s unique geographical position that facilitates the fastest connections between China and Latin America. We are delighted to further fortify Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet, deepening the strong relationship we have cultivated together.”

The A350 stands as the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft, holding the mantle as the long-range leader in the 300-410 seater category. Whether on short-haul or ultra-long-haul routes spanning up to 9,700nm, the A350 operates with unmatched efficiency. Boasting a clean sheet design that incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials, and the latest generation engines, the A350 delivers a 25% advantage in fuel burn, operating costs, and CO₂ emissions, along with a remarkable 50% reduction in noise compared to previous generation competitor aircraft.

With over 1,000 orders from leading carriers worldwide, the A350 continues to be the preferred choice, symbolising a new era in aviation excellence.

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