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Dubai Airshow: Ethiopian Airlines Commits to 11 More A350-900s

Ethiopian Airlines Group and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 additional Airbus A350-900s.

Ethiopian Airlines A350-900

This agreement brings Ethiopian Airlines’ total order book and commitment for the A350 aircraft to 33, which includes four A350-1000s. Presently, Ethiopian Airlines operates a fleet of 20 A350-900s. With this latest commitment, the airline solidifies its position as the largest A350 customer in Africa.

The airline and aircraft manufacturer signed the MoU during the Dubai Airshow. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International Christian Scherer participated.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Airbus A350-900s. As a customer-focused airline, we are particularly excited for this fleet as it offers extra comfort to passengers with its features, like the quietest cabin in its class and ambient lighting. We are keen to expand our fleet size, acquiring the latest technology aircraft to offer a convenient and memorable onboard experience to our esteemed passengers.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, said, “Ethiopian Airlines is a great example of how to leverage the exceptional values of the A350 for long-haul travel, playing on the benefits of Ethiopia’s unique geographical position that offers the fastest connections between China and Latin America. We are delighted to further strengthen Ethiopian Airlines fleet, and through this, continue the great relationship we have built up together.”

About the A350

The A350 is a modern and efficient widebody aircraft, excelling in the 300-410 seater category. It can operate efficiently on various routes, from short-haul to ultra-long-haul, covering distances up to 9,700nm. With its innovative design, incorporating advanced technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials, and cutting-edge engines, the A350 offers numerous benefits. These include a remarkable 25% reduction in fuel burn, operating costs, and CO₂ emissions compared to its competitors. Additionally, the A350 boasts a 50% decrease in noise compared to previous generation rival aircraft. Such impressive features have led to over 1,000 orders from prominent global carriers.

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