Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, says it will on Wednesday start its flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, with its latest technology and the most modern airplane, the Airbus A350-900.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Group, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam said this in Lagos on Tuesday.
The Airbus landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to a statement by GebreMariam, the state of the art airplane will start the scheduled service on the Addis Ababa- Abuja route, thereby gracing the reopening of Abuja Airport on April 18.
He said it was the joy of the airline to connect the African continent together and beyond.
“Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960s, 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.
“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 said.
GebreMariam said the Airbus A350 was yet one of the landmarks in the airlines’ 70- year proud history; providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability for a totally-unique passenger experience.
“Hence, with the reopening of Abuja Airport, the extra features of our game-changing fleet, Airbus A350, will be awaiting our esteemed Nigerian travellers.
“We shall continue to avail critical air connectivity options and connect African countries together and far beyond,’’ he said.
Our correspondent reports that Ethiopian Airlines currently operates 20 weekly flights to four Nigerian cities; Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano.
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 and personal monitors, with a higher selection of movies.
The aircraft also has wider seats and windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology, full LED mood lighting.
Ethiopian Airlines is the first in Africa to own and operate the A350 in African skies.
Among a total of 14 orders, Ethiopian Airlines currently has three of them in operation.