Ethiopian Airlines and Airbus celebrated the delivery of the 10th Airbus A350 at a colorful event held in the presence of Ambassadors, Ethiopian Group CEO and Executive Management members, high-ranking delegates from Airbus and Rolls Royce, and invited guests. The new aircraft increases Ethiopian fleet to 111 young aircraft with average fleet age of less than five years.
In his opening speech at the colorful event, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarked, “We took delivery of our first A350 in June 2016, and in less than 2 years and half we are now celebrating the 10th one. The A350 is very popular among our customers. It is modern and fuel efficient aircraft with spacious cabin. We are very happy to have the A350 in our fleet and we need more as we expand our long-haul routes especially in the eastern hemisphere.”
Mr. Fouad Attar, Head of Airbus Commercial Aircraft – Africa and Middle East, on his part said, “Ethiopian is a pioneer in African Aviation and we are very proud in our partnership with this airline and remain deeply committed to support its growth by providing top-class product and solutions, training and support.”
Mr. Kevin Evans, Rolls Royce, Vice President Customers – Africa was also among the speakers who addressed the gathering. He said, “The delivery of this 10th A350 brings the number of Rolls Royce powered wide-body aircraft in Ethiopian to 20 aircraft, making it our largest operator alongside South African Airways… Every time I land in Addis, it is with enormous pride I see a long row of new, wide-body aircraft in Ethiopian colors powered by Rolls Royce engines.”
Fleet expansion and modernization being one of the pillars of Vision 2025, Ethiopian has been phasing in ultra-modern aircraft with less fuel consumption and carbon emission.