First Airbus on the African Continent
On 29 June, Ambassador Schmidt attended the christening and test flight of the first Airbus jet that was ever bought by an African airline. Ethiopian Airlines is in the process of buying 14 A350 xwb (extra-wide body) planes from the European manufacturer Airbus. The first plane was delivered yesterday an christened “The Simien Mountains”. It will be the first Airbus plane operated by an African airline. Ethiopian has already announced that it will buy at least 10 additional Airbus planes in the future. Airbus is a joint-effort of the EU Member States Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. The deal with Ethiopian Airlines is of strategic importance for the company in developing its business in Africa. The A350 xwb took off for a demonstration flight over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam yesterday at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. Apart from Ambassador Schmidt, Embassy representatives of France, the UK and Spain as well as eminent Ethiopian personalities also joined the event. The plane features cutting-edge technology in minimizing turbine noises and saving fuel.