Ethiopian Airlines has launched the first regular scheduled Airbus A350-XWB service from the UK (from Heathrow or Dublin) to Addis Ababa
By Richard Green (The Telegraph) |
Ethiopian Airlines has launched the first regular scheduled Airbus A350-XWB service from the UK.
This is the latest and most technologically advanced model from Airbus, and on Sunday Ethiopian began using it on its daily Heathrow-Addis Ababa route.
Passenger benefits include the widest cabin of any twin aisles plane, windows that are larger than in previous Airbus models, and a cabin pressurized down to 6,000ft – similar to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner – which has the effect of reducing dehydration and helping minimize the effects of jet lag.
The aircraft is manufactured from 53 per cent ultra light weight composite materials, which helps to make it the most fuel-efficient Airbus aircraft yet built.
Ethiopian Airlines is a Star Alliance member and the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa. It currently serves 113 destinations with a fleet of 78 aircraft.
Non-stop flights from Heathrow or Dublin to Ethiopia‘s capital Addis Ababa take about seven hours, and while the country is booming as a tourist destination due to its unique mix of history, wildlife and culture, just 30 per cent of passengers from the UK currently visit Ethiopia.
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