Airbus order book swells with latest Dubai Air Show deal

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian flagship carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 additional Airbus A350-900s to be added to its existing fleet.

The deal was announced at the Dubai Air Show and the latest agreement takes Ethiopian Airlines’ total order book and commitment for the A350 to 33, including four A350-1000s.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 20 A350-900s and with this commitment, it will confirm its position as Africa’s biggest A350 customer.

Airbus employs more than 4,500 staff at its plant in Broughton, near Chester, which makes wings for all its commercial aircraft.

The signing of the MoU took place in the presence of Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew and Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international, Christian Scherer.

Mesfin Tasew said: “We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Airbus A350-900s. As a customer-focused airline, we are particularly excited for this fleet as it offers extra comfort to passengers with its features like the quietest cabin in its class and ambient lighting.

“We are keen to expand our fleet size, acquiring the latest technology aircraft to offer a convenient and memorable onboard experience to our esteemed passengers.”

Christian Scherer said: “Ethiopian Airlines is a great example of how to leverage the exceptional values of the A350 for long-haul travel, playing on the benefits of Ethiopia’s unique geographical position that offers the fastest connections between China and Latin America.”