The day after announcing a deal to receive more Boeing 787s, Ethiopian Airlines entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to add 11 A350-900s to its order book.
If confirmed, the new order will bring the total number of widebodies to 33 aircraft, including four A350-1000s still pending delivery.
Currently, Ethiopian Airlines operates 20 A350-900s, 18 of which were received directly from Airbus.
“We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Airbus A350-900s. As a customer focused airline, we are particularly excited for this fleet as it offers extra comfort to passengers with its features like the quietest cabin in its class and ambient lighting,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew.
“Ethiopian Airlines is a great example of how to leverage the exceptional values of the A350 for long-haul travel, playing on the benefits of Ethiopia’s unique connections geographical position that offers the fastest connection between China and Latin America,” added Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
On Tuesday, Ethiopian placed a firm order for 11 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to 20 737 MAX 8s.