By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
Ethiopian Airlines, on Tuesday, landed its newest acquired airline, Boeing 787-9 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with about 177 passengers on board from Adis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate the arrival of the new aircraft
The plane, which is tagged the Big Brother to Abuja, landed around 11:45am with 27 passengers on board the business class while over 150 passengers were in the economic class.
The new aircraft was welcomed by the officers of the Airport Fire Service with the usual flight shower to mark the arrival of new aircraft to the airport.
The 787 Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient airplane family flying today. Since 2011, more than 600 Dreamliners have entered commercial services, flying almost 200 million people on more than 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 19 billion pounds of fuel.
Speaking about the newly acquired B787-9, the Traffic and Sales Manager of Ethiopia Airline, Firiehiwot Mekonnen said purchasing “the plane is part of the company’s commitment to deliver exceptional level of service to the African market by operating the latest technologically advanced aircraft in the market.
“Passengers have enjoyed the unique onboard features of this latest technology aircraft such as on-board comfort thanks to their unique features such as the biggest windows in the sky, high ceiling, less noise, distinctive lighting, and higher air humidity.”
Also, the Pilot of the plane, Michael Yilma said the aircraft was the most economical in terms of fuel consumption and noise and noted that the passengers had enjoyed the unique onboard features of the latest technology aircraft such as on-board comfort.
Yilma said that he was one of the first pilots to be trained on the aircraft, explaining that Ethiopian airline was the second to acquire the B787-9 after Japan.
According to him, “I am one the first pilots of this aircraft in the world because Ethiopia is the second to acquire it after Japan. And because I have been flying Boeing for five years now, I can say that this aircraft is the best so far. What makes it different from other aircraft is its noise level and it is very economical and the quality of the air in the cabin is superb.
“It is also more comfortable for passengers because the noise level is minimal and the quality of air they breathe in the cabin is also perfect.”
Recall that Ethiopian Airlines has always services Abuja with its newest Aircraft. It brought the Dreamliner B787 to Abuja in 2012 and Reopened the Abuja Airport this year with the A350 when the Airport was reopened after 6 weeks closure.
Ethiopian Airlines has been operating into Nigeria since 1960 and currently flies to 5 cities in Nigeria. It was the only international Airline that flew to Kaduna Airport when Abuja Airport was shut down for repairs. Ethiopian becomes the first carrier in Africa to operate the 787-9 and extends a tradition of setting aviation milestones. Ethiopian became Africa’s first carrier to fly the 787-8 in 2012, and similarly introduced the 777-200LR (Longer Range), 777-300ER (Extended Range) and 777 Freighter.
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