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Ethiopian Airlines

GENERAL INFORMATION

Code: ET / ETH

Founded: 1945

Base: Addis Ababa (ADD)

Alliance: Star Alliance (since December 2011)

FLEET

long-haul A350-900, B767-300ER, B777-200LR, B777-300ER, B787-8, B787-9

medium-haul B737-700, B737-800

regional Dash 8 Q400

AIRBUS A350

A350s in fleet: 9 (ET-ATQ, ET-ATR, ET-ATY, ET-AUA, ET-AUB, ET-AUC, ET-AVB, ET-AVC, ET-AVD)

1st A350 delivery: 29/06/2016

Ethiopian Airlines placed their order for the first 12 A350-900 during the 2009 Paris Air Show. The airline is leasing 2 additional A350s from the lessor AerCap. The delivery is planned for mid-2016, making Ethiopian Airlines the first African airline to fly the A350. Two additional aircraft (which are planned to be leased) will to join the fleet as well, bringing the total order to 14. The whole order is due to be completed by 2018, thanks to a very tight delivery schedule. Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first A350 on June 29th, 2016 and the aircraft had its first commercial flight on July 2nd, 2016 from ET's hub, Addis Ababa to Lagos.

The airline will use the A350 to replace the aging fleet of B767 aircraft on African, European and Asian routes. Together with the B787, the A350 will be the backbone of Ethiopian's long-haul fleet. After upgrading all flights to London Heathrow and Frankfurt to the A350-900, we expect Paris CDG to be added to the list of A350-destinations in the near future. The CEO of the airline often told the media that ET would order more A350s, even A350-1000, to strengthen Addis Ababa as a global hub and to add further long-haul destinations.

Pictures:

MSN 43, ET-ATR in Addis Ababa| © PlaneMadNews

MSN 43, ET-ATR in Addis Ababa| © PlaneMadNews

Wingview of MSN 43, ET-ATR | © PlaneMadNews

Economy Class cabin of MSN 43, ET-ATR | © PlaneMadNews

MSN 40, ET-ATQ in Toulouse| © Clément Alloing