By Hermon Genanaw
Addis Ababa, June 17, 2016 (IMC) - Ethiopian Airlines has named its first Airbus A350 XWB after one of the famous national parks in Ethiopia, The Simien Mountains.
Ethiopian is the first African airline to acquire the latest of both Boeing and Airbus made aircrafts. Its purchase of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner years ago as the first African aviation company also made it the second in the world to have the aircraft after Japan’s All Nippon Airways. While Ethiopian Airlines has several Dreamliners now the Airbus A350 XWB is among the latest addition to its young fleet.
The A-350 XWB will be the first Airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa, according to a press release Ethiopian sent.
“All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels,” the airline said. “Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future.”
Ethiopian Airlines boasts over seven decades of continuous growth and success maintaining its status as the leading Pan-African airline in connecting the continent to the rest of the world.
It is the fastest growing Airline in Africa with a dominant market share in the continent recently boosted by a purchase of stakes at two airlines in West and Southern Africa giving Ethiopian additional hubs outside of Addis Ababa. It’s a member of the world's largest airlines alliance, Star Alliance.
“The A350 XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category,” said Tewolde GbereMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian.
The Simien Mountains National Park is located in Gondar area of northern Ethiopia. It is home to a chain of mountains including Ras Dashen, the highest point in Ethiopia, and several wildlife.