Ethiopian Airlines, the national carrier of Ethiopia, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire an additional 11 Airbus A350-900s, along with six purchase rights, to supplement its current fleet.
Ethiopian Airlines, which presently maintains a fleet of 20 A350-900s, will solidify its status as the largest A350 customer in Africa through this commitment.
“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,” said Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international Christian Scherer.
“We are delighted to further strengthen Ethiopian Airlines fleet and, through this, continue the great relationship we have built up together.”
Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Mesfin Tasew said they are enthusiastic about this fleet due to the additional comfort it provides passengers, including the quietest cabin in its category and ambient illumination.
The A350 is the long-range leader in the 300-410-seater category and the most advanced and fuel-efficient widebody aircraft in the world.
It can operate efficiently in any sector, from short-haul to ultra-long-haul routes up to 9,700 nautical miles.
The aircraft's clean-sheet design incorporates cutting-edge technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials, and engines of the most recent generation.
These components collectively contribute to a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency, operating expenses, and carbon dioxide emissions, in addition to a 50% reduction in pollution compared to competitor aircraft of previous generations.