Airbus displayed its A350 aircraft at Bole International Airport
The European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has displayed its latest product, the A350 XWB, at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Wednesday afternoon to Ethiopian officials and media personnel. Ethiopian Airlines will take delivery of 14 of these aircraft beginning from May 2016 and that will be a first for Africa.
“Ethiopian Airlines has always been a leader of Africa’s aviation industry,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Operating Officer of the national flag carrier. “While this aircraft is a new fleet for us, our leadership in the aviation industry goes back to the 1960s when we started the first jet service to the continent which coincided with the establishment of the Organization of African Unity, now called the African Union.”
The Chief Operating Officer of Airbus for Customers, John Leahy, on his part said the A350 has so far secured 787 orders from 41 customers worldwide and it has already proven to be a reliable one.
“That number will quickly change as we are already talking with several of our customers now, including Ethiopian Airlines,” John said.
The A350 is said to be eco- efficient and historic in terms of innovation with composites comprising 52 percent of its airframe and boasting the latest advances in aerodynamic wing design.