Ethiopian Airlines, A350-900 aircraft has landed on the just completed runway of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport (NAI), Abuja that was closed for air traffic for six weeks beginning from March 7, 2017 for major rehabilitation.
With this development, Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 aircraft, which landed at about 12.07 pm becomes the first international commercial flight on the runway
The aircraft is the airline’s latest technology and the most modern airplane in the world
The state of the art airplane started its scheduled service on the Addis Ababa Abuja route, thereby gracing the re-opening of Abuja airport today April 18, 2017.
Speaking Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked that, “As a veteran Pan African airline, it has always been our source of pride o connect our beloved continent Africa together and beyond. Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s, same time the Federal Republic of Nigeria got independence from foreign colonisation. We have always given our best to Nigeria at all times, both at good and challenging times and we have been part of Nigeria’s historic growth and always consider ourselves as vital partners in the history and growth of Nigeria as a country.”
He continued, “The A350 is yet one of the landmarks in our 70 years proud history; providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability for a totally unique passenger experience. With the reopening of Abuja Airport, the extra features of our game changing fleet, Airbus A350, will be awaiting for our esteemed Nigerian travellers. We shall continue to avail critical air connectivity options and connect African countries together and far beyond.”
Ethiopian currently operates 20 weekly flights to four Nigerian cities; Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano; offering hassle free connectivity to its worldwide network spread in five continents.
Passengers aboard the flight will enjoy the extra features of this latest flying machine: amazing cabin interior features with the latest high-definition touch screen, personal monitors with a higher selection of movies, wider seats and windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology, full LED mood lighting. It is to be recalled that Ethiopian has been the first in Africa to own and operate the A350 in African skies.
Among a total of 14 orders, Ethiopian currently has three of them in operation.