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Why Ethiopian Airlines’ New A350XWB Is More Than A First

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During a delivery ceremony on Tuesday in Toulouse, Ethiopian Airlines became the first carrier in the African continent, and the second Star Alliance airline, to fly Airbus’ new state-of-the-art A350 aircraft.

While that alone is an important milestone, the event had greater significance for Airbus, the airline, and the African continent in which Ethiopian Airlines sets high standards.

That the A350 is the first Airbus aircraft selected by Ethiopian Airlines for its young fleet is an important vote of confidence, both for the plane and for the manufacturer, which will resonate with competitors in Africa and beyond.

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