Ethiopian Airlines launches Africa's first A350 XWB from London Heathrow
Aug 03, 2016: Ethiopian Airlines, African airline, launches Africa’s first and the most technologically advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, on the London Heathrow route from August 14, 2016.
Passengers on the airlines’ daily non-stop services between Heathrow to Addis Ababa will be able to enjoy the more spacious seats and wider windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting designed to enhance comfort and reduce jet-lag after a long flight.
They will also be able to enjoy the amazing cabin interior features with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors showcasing a wider selection of movies, television series and audio channels.
The Business class cabin, ‘Cloud 9’, will be outfitted with 30 state of the art BCE diamond seats which convert to a 78” fully lie-flat bed in a 2x2x2 configuration, offering superior comfort and privacy for its premium travelers. Economy will have 313 seats in a 3X3X3 configuration offering 32” of seat pitch to passengers.
The A350 XWB’s innovative technology also improves performance in operation. Its revolutionary airframe and simplified systems have optimised fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.
Michael Yared, Country manager UK, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “We are proud to be the only airline in Africa operating the ultra-modern Airbus A350. Equally myself and the team in UK are excited to have the brand new A350 aircraft on the route to meet the increased demand and look forward to showcasing the product to our valued customers, industry colleagues and partners.”
Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft in total and will continue to receive the remaining 13 in the near future bringing increased comfort levels to more of its valued customers.