Ethiopian Airlines has become the first airline in Africa to take delivery of an Airbus A350XWB on 28 June.

The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s intercontinental routes and features wider seats in both business and economy classes, low twin engine noise levels, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting.

All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels. Inflight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on the aircraft in the future. Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world while others can use the smart individual touch screens on their seats when the internet service goes operational.

“The fact that we are ushering in another first to Africa in a span of four years is an affirmation of our continuing pioneering role in African aviation. It is also a testimony of our commitment to give our passengers the very best travel experience, with the latest industry products and services. On behalf of all my colleagues at the Ethiopian family, I am delighted to see Ethiopian to continue making Africa First in Aviation Technology,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian.