Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that
it has taken delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft
on 28 September 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
Based on its valued customers feed back, the airline requested the manufacturer
to reconfigure the new Q-400 and as result, Ethiopian is now the first airline to
take delivery of this aircraft with new reconfiguration. The new aircraft contain
numerous innovations that will greatly enhance passenger comfort. Whereas the previous
Q-400s were all economy, the new aircraft will have 7 business class and 60 economy
class seats. The new configuration also has a second lavatory which gives exclusive
access to business class passengers.
Unlike the previous Q-400s, the new aircraft will have reclining seats in economy
class cabin and a hot galley enabling the service of hot meals on regional flights.
The new airplanes will also have more luggage capacity and extra overhead bin space
and leg room.
The Q-400 is an ideal aircraft for domestic and regional flights with a speed
closer to narrow body jet airplanes and with reduced fuel consumption and emission.
On top of its 17 domestic destinations, the airline operates the Q-400 on regional
routes such as Djibouti, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar-es-Salam, Zanzibar,
Entebbe, Kigali, Juba, Khartoum and Berbera. “After listening to our customers feed
back and understanding customers concerns on cabin features of the aircraft in the
last two and a half years, we have worked with Bombardier on the innovative reconfiguration.
We are very happy on the new configuration which will enable us to provide customized
and the best possible service on domestic and regional routes. Now, our cloud nine
customers can enjoy a full-fledged business class service, and our connecting passengers
from Ethiopian and Star Alliance network will benefit from a greatly improved product
in line with our continuous effort to provide a seamless travel experience”, said
Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam.
All 5 re-configured Q-400s will be delivered to Ethiopian before the end of this
year. The airline also plans to re-configure the Q-400 already in its fleet in order
to meet its customers' expectations.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international
flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 69 international
destinations spanning four continents.
Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is
the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach
and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555
daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards
the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of
its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes
and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012
Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the
2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the
"AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air cargo.
Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and
"the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline
is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its 2025 strategic
plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.
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