Ethiopian Airlines converts 4 Airbus A350 orders

Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 aircraft
Ethiopian Airlines already has Airbus A350-900 aircraft in its fleet. Photo: © Anna Zvereva

Africa‘s largest airline and Ethiopian flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has announced a deal with Airbus to convert four existing orders for the planemaker‘s A350 aircraft.

Under this new deal, Ethiopian Airlines converts four of its remaining six A350-900 orders into the larger A350-1000 model. After all aircraft will be delivered, the airline will operate a fleet of 18 A350-900 and four A350-1000. However, no delivery timeline for these new aircraft was announced.

The airline’s CEO, Mesfin Tasew, said: “The A350-1000 is the best fit for our dense routes, and we believe that the upsizing will be instrumental in satisfying the increasing demand of customers in our vast global network across five continents.”

Ethiopian Airlines is the largest African airline with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and De-Havilland, which it operates on a vast network throughout Africa and all other continents bar Australia.