Published on March 11th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer0
Ethiopian Airlines to go green for St. Patrick’s Day!
Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday that it will be part of the annual Global Greening initiative this St. Patrick’s Day. As part of the “Greenification of the World” campaign, launched by the Tourism Ireland eight years ago, Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350 will join a string of world landmarks in the campaign including New York’s World Trade Center, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona, Pozzo di San Patrizio in Italy, Matsue Castle in Japan and the Diamond Bridge in South Korea.
The A350 XWB is one of the most comfortable, technologically innovative and fuel-efficient aircraft in the market today, providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability combined with the latest technology for a totally unique passenger experience. Airbus have delivered 70 A350’s to date with a total of 821 ordered. Ethiopian have received three of the 12 A350-900’s they have ordered.
Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarked “We are proud to join the world global landmarks for St. Patrick’s Day greening Africa’s first A350 XWB; our latest and game changing flying machine. The A350 is among the notable landmarks in Ethiopian 70-year history, with which Ethiopian has pioneered the extra effect to the African continent. Moreover, this collaboration is a continuation of the long standing social, cultural and economic collaboration between Ethiopia and the People of Ireland. I wish all a happy festivity.”
Ethiopian Airlines launched the first and only direct air route linking Africa with Ireland in 2015 (see here).
Ethiopian has a passenger and cargo network operating a young and modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centres: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.