Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines has just taken delivery of their brand new Airbus A350XWB aircraft – and they’ve just announced that London will be its first destination from their hub in Addis Abbaba. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the A350 and has 14 of these Airbus’ on order.
The aircraft is configured in a 3-3-3 arrangement in economy class and a 1-2-1 layout in business. The plane can carry 313 passengers in this configuration. Cloud Nine (ET’s biz) looks to have gotten a significant upgrade over the airline’s 777 and 787 product if the photo below is to believed:
This latest move is a definitely a welcome upgrade for premium passengers and yet another great option for Star Alliance LHR based passengers – currently the aged 767 or the 787 operate the Heathrow rotation and in my humble opinion the A350 will represent an upgrade at the very least in hard product.
I also maintain that ET, and not South African Airways is Star’s crown jewel in Africa. ET simply serves many more destinations and offers a reliable hub through Addis that SA does through either Cape Town or Johannesburg,