In A First For Africa’s Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A350-1000July 28, 2022
Today, Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airline became Africa’s first airline to order the Airbus A350-1000 model. The announcement highlights the tremendous success the airline has had operating the shorter Airbus A350-900, a state-of-the-art widebody aircraft providing robust fuel economy. The order issued to Airbus S.A will not be for additional planes as Ethiopian Airline currently operates 16 of the 22 Airbus A350-900 it had ordered. Instead the four A350-1000 ordered today will see four of the six A350-900 on order be converted into A350-1000 order.
Ethiopian Airline began taking delivery of its Airbus A350-900 on June 29th 2016, while the first Airbus A350-1000 delivery was made to Qatar Airways in February 2018. Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 aircraft are configured to seat 343 passengers with 30 in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class.
The A350-900 has a fuselage length of 66.8 m / 219 ft 2 in, whereas the longer A350-1000 has a fuselage length of 73.79 m / 242 ft 1 in. Airbus advertises the A350-900 as able to seat 300 to 350 passengers in a 3-class configuration while the A350-1000 can seat 350 to 410 passengers in the same 3-class scenario.
For Ethiopian Airlines the A350-1000 will give it the capability to add some 40 passenger seats on routes where the A350-900 are already operating at near full capacity. The Addis-Ababa to Dubai route seems to be a prime candidate for the four new A350-1000 begin joining the fleet.