Ethiopian Airlines will become Africa's first Airbus A350 XWB operator, with of first of 14 aircraft on June 28, 2016. The airplane will have its seats fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors, as well as inflight Wi-Fi connection.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde Gebre Mariam said: "We are very pleased that Ethiopian has taken the leadership role in Africa and has become among the few leading airlines in the world to invest in efficient flying machine.Airbus 350 XWB will enable us to further expand our service quality and herald with the least carbon emission to our planet "The New Spirit of Africa’ to the world.”

Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon. The A350 XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. Its airframe and simplified systems have optimized fuel burn, maintenance costs and reliability, and its engines have the lowest carbon dioxide CO2 emissions of any in the wide body category.