Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and
fastest growing airlines in Africa, has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, becoming a new
The airline has selected the A350-900, and will
operate the aircraft from their hub in Addis Ababa, linking Africa
with Europe, the US and Asia.
"The A350-900, with its
high levels of passenger comfort combined with unbeatable
economics perfectly fits our future fleet requirements," said Mr
Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. "The A350- 900 will bring
increased capacity and range to our rapidly expanding network."
XWB Family is Airbus' response to Boeing's
787 Dreamliner and widespread market demand for a
series of highly efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body
With a range of up to 8,300 nm / 15,400 km, it is
available in three basic passenger versions.
Powered by two new generation Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, the
A350 XWB Family is designed to confront the challenges of high
fuel prices, rising passenger expectations, and environmental
Firm orders for the A350 XWB currently stand at 493
from 31 customers worldwide.
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