Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to celebrate the reopening of the Abuja international Airport with its latest technology and the most modern Airplane in the world, the Airbus A350-900 today.
The African carrier was the only foreign carrier that stood by Nigeria during the closure of the Abuja airport to repairs and diversion of Abuja bound flights to Kaduna airport.
While others shunned the plea of the federal government to operate to Kaduna airport as an alternative to Abuja, it was only Ethiopian airlines that cooperated with Nigeria by operating its Dreamliner jet to the Kaduna airport in solidarity.
The state of the art airplane which the airline is introducing to Nigeria, will start the scheduled service on the Addis Ababa/Abuja route, thereby gracing the reopening of Abuja Airport, to be held on April 19, 2017.
Following this move Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked; “As a veteran Pan African airline, it has always been our source of pride o connect our beloved continent Africa together and beyond. Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s, same time the Federal Republic of Nigeria got independence from foreign colonization. We have always given our best to Nigeria at all times, both at good and challenging times, and 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.
“The A350 is yet one of the landmarks in our 70 years 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 for our esteemed Nigerian travelers.
“We shall continue to avail critical air connectivity options and connect African countries together and far beyond.”
Ethiopian currently operates 20 weekly flights to four Nigerian cities; Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano.
Speaking on the benefits entailed in the latest aircraft, the CEO declared: “Passengers aboard the flight will enjoy the extra features of this latest flying machine: amazing cabin interior features with the latest high-definition touchscreen, personal monitors with a higher selection of movies, wider seats and windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology, full LED mood lighting. It is to be recalled that Ethiopian has been the first in Africa to own and operate the A350 in African skies. Among a total of 14 orders, Ethiopian currently has three of them in operation.”