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29 July 2009
29. July 2009 Commercial Aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines orders 12 Airbus A350 XWBs


Becoming a new Airbus customer with the newest Airbus aircraft

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Ethiopian Airlines’ acquisition of 12 A350 XWBs – confirmed during the 2009 Dubai Airshow – pushes this next-generation jetliner’s total sales past the 500 milestone. These highlights from the press conference include comments by Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake, who calls the carrier’s first Airbus order “the beginning of a long relationship.” Read less Read more

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. 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." 
"We are delighted to welcome Ethiopian Airlines as a new Airbus customer," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.  "The A350 XWB will shape new levels of efficiency for medium and long haul operations, allowing Ethiopian Airlines to continue its impressive growth."
The A350 XWB Family is Airbus' response to widespread market demand for a series of highly efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body aircraft. With a range of up to 8,300 nm / 15,400 km, it is available in three basic passenger versions.
The A350 XWB has the widest fuselage in its category, offering unprecedented levels of comfort, the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile cost of any aircraft in this market segment. 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 constraints. Firm orders for the A350 XWB now stand at 493 from 31 customers worldwide.

Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed its acquisition of 12 A350 XWBs, becoming a new Airbus customer and bringing the total number of orders for this next-generation aircraft to 505 (15 November 2009)

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