Lufthansa Technik: Total Component Support for Ethiopian Airlines A350 fleet

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Ethiopian Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide comprehensive component support for the airline’s future Airbus A350 fleet. The corresponding Total Component Support TCS® agreement will run for a period of ten years and includes 14 aircraft. The contract comprises component maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as access to a pool of spares.

The contract underscores Lufthansa Technik’s many years of collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines as MRO in a number of different areas. These include an extensive Total Component Support for the carrier’s Boeing 787 fleet as well as material support for Ethiopian Airlines’ Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft fleet.

Mr. Mesfin Tasew, COO Ethiopian Airlines, said: „We are delighted that we were able to extend our long-term Boeing 787 component support with Lufthansa Technik to our newest A350 fleet. Our partnership with Lufthansa Technik, which goes back to the 1990s, thus finds a successful continuation into the future. We are convinced that we will receive the same professional and reliable support for our brand-new fleet.”

Harald Gloy, Senior Vice President Component Services at Lufthansa Technik, said: “We deeply appreciate the trust Ethiopian Airlines is expressing towards Lufthansa Technik by giving the A350 component support in our hands. This fosters our long-term partnership and we see in Ethiopian Airlines a strong and successful partner in Africa and beyond.”

Lufthansa Technik’s Total Component Support TCS® offers operators optimal component availability without the task of setting up and maintaining their own spare parts inventories. Customers benefit from a unique pooling concept: Lufthansa Technik stocks more than 100,000 components and guarantees 100 percent reliable delivery at a pre-determined service level. Members of the Lufthansa Technik TCS® pool also benefit from reductions in operating costs through economies of scale.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the East African carrier, which also becomes the first African A350 XWB operator.  The airline’s first aircraft, on lease from AerCap, arrived in Addis Ababa on June 29th, 2016.

A350-900s with a two class layout with a total of 343 seats comprising 30 in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

Altogether Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 14 Airbus A350 XWBs – the world’s most modern long-haul, wide body jetliners.  Twelve of these are being directly ordered from Airbus, with the other two aircraft on lease from AerCap.

The carrier will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network connecting Addis Ababa with destinations in Asia and America.

The A350 XWB 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.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 802 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Source: Airbus.

Ethiopian Airlines first Airbus A350 XWB takes shape

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first Airbus A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines is taking shape on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African A350 XWB operator when it takes delivery of the aircraft next year.

Ethiopian Airlines will operate 14 A350 XWB of which 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this first aircraft.

Mating of the various aircraft fuselage sections has begun and the vertical stabilizer (tail fin) has been attached.   Similarly, work has begun on joining the wings, and the horizontal tailplanes to the fuselage, after which its undercarriage will be fitted. All these activities are carried out in parallel with cabin interiors installation and the first electrical power–on, enabling a significant reduction in lead-time. Following this, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive sequence of tests. Once those are complete, the aircraft will be painted, its engines installed and preparations for delivery will begin.

The carrier will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network linking the East African nation with Asia and America. The Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 will be arriving at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on 11th November as part of its Middle East-Ethiopia demonstration flight tour.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step-change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, as it uses 25 per cent less fuel and provides an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 787 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide.

Source: Airbus.

Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines announce order for six 787 Dreamliners

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced an order for six 787-8 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

The Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 13 787s currently operating in the fleet and are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“In line with our Vision 2025 strategic road map and our fleet modernization and expansion project, we will keep investing heavily in technologically advanced and modern airplanes,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopian because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers. The Boeing 787 has earned approval of customers and we always work hard to cater to our customers’ preference.”

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Ethiopian with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

“The 787 is a perfect fit for Ethiopian’s medium to long haul routes,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “This order will enable the airline to realize greater efficiencies, improved performance and enhanced passenger comfort, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the airline which goes back to its first order in 1960.”

Ethiopian Airlines is the first African operator of the 787. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767, 777, and 787 airplanes in passenger service, and has 757, MD11, 777 and a 737-400F airplane in cargo operations.

Source: Boeing.

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines worth $500m to power Ethiopian Airlines

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Courtesy: Rolls-Royce.

Ethiopian Airlines has decided to take Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines and long-term TotalCare support worth $500m to power six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

The decision marks a significant vote of confidence in the Trent 1000, Ethiopian having previously selected engines from another provider to power 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased that the Trent 1000 will power this latest round of aircraft. We have confidence that it will deliver outstanding lifetime fuel burn, performance and reliability.”

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer – Civil Large Engines, said: “This is a significant selection by a valued customer that continues the Trent 1000 success story. We have real momentum in the marketplace – in the last five years the Trent 1000 has been selected in more than 60 per cent of engine competitions.”

Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service, in 2014.

Ethiopian has ordered Trent XWB engines to power 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and has three RB211-powered Boeing 757 aircraft in service.

Source: Rolls-Royce.

Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Announce Order for 20 737 MAX 8s

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines announced today (09/20) an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.

“Today’s order underlines our commitment to our 15-year strategic plan, ‘Vision 2025’, in which Ethiopian will strive to become the leading airline group in Africa carrying 18 million passengers per annum,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, during a visit to the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa National Forum in Chicago. “The 737 MAX will form a key component of that strategic vision, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation.”

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service. The 737 MAX has a total of 2,294 orders from 47 customers worldwide.

“This historic order for Boeing and our partner Ethiopian once again positions the carrier at the heart of African aerospace innovation with the acquisition of the 737 MAX,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, speaking in Chicago. “Throughout the years, Ethiopian has consistently led the way in introducing new airplane types to passengers across Africa. Today’s record order signals its commitment to continue that tradition.”

Ethiopian currently serves more than 83 destinations across five continents from its base at Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian flag carrier’s partnership with Boeing has existed for more than half a century, with a current fleet of more than 50 Boeing airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet of 757s, 777 Freighters and MD-11s.

Source: Boeing.

Iberia Wins Madrid Handling Contract from Ethiopian Airlines

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Courtesy: Iberia.

Iberia Airport Services, Iberia’s handling division, has won a contract to provide passenger and aircraft handling services for Ethiopian Airline’s three weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Madrid airport, starting on 2 September.

The African carrier thus become one of the 200-plus airlines served by Iberia’s handling unit, Spain’s largest and one of the largest in Europe. In 2013 it served some 73 million passengers and 310,000 aircraft at 41 Spanish airports.

In March Iberia Airport Services submitted its bid to handle flights my third-party airline as the 22 Spanish airports with fewer than one million passengers per year. It will soon bid for aircraft and passenger handling concessions at the country’s 19 busiest airports.

Ethiopian Airlines is the country’s flag-carrier, and currently flies to 98 destinations, 81 of them abroad, using a fleet of 68 aircraft.

About Iberia:

Iberia operates more than 100 destinations in 38 countries. It is market leader on routes between Europe and Latin America, offering easy and convenient connections at its hub of Madrid Barajas T4, recently voted the world’s third best air terminal in a survey by Skytrax. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights a day with a fleet of almost 130 aircraft. Iberia is currently ranked fourth in punctuality amongst the world’s international airlines, according to FlightStats. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es.

Source: Iberia.