Canadian Travel Press
Issue Date: Nov 18, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines celebrates A350 arrival in Toronto

Now that was quite a celebration.

Ethiopian Airlines welcomed the debut of its Airbus A350 – aptly named “Toronto” – to Pearson International Airport recently.

Samson Arega, country manager for Ethiopian Airlines Canada, said: “We’re excited about the arrival of our Airbus 350 to Toronto, a city where we have been flying direct now for over seven years.”

Arega continued: “Canada is a very important market for us, and we are committed to providing our customers with the ultimate travel experience.”

The carrier flies direct from Toronto to Addis Ababa five times weekly. It is the largest airline in Africa with one of the youngest fleets in the world.

Ethiopian Airlines, a Star Alliance member, is currently the only African operator of the Airbus.

Features of note of the Airbus A350 include:

  • Inflight WiFi Connection: Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world, while others can use smart individual touch screens on their seats. With the state-of-the-art broadband satellite technology, passengers can rest assured that they will enjoy reliable connectivity for sending emails, shopping online or even chatting on social media, while flying over the clouds.
  • Comfort: All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels.
  • Performance: The A350XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon-fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions in addition to significantly lower maintenance costs.

Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and Bombardier Q-400 double cabin.

The average age of the aircraft is five years. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

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