Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, has inaugurated the reopening of Abuja Airport on April 18, 2017 with its latest technology and the most modern Airplane, the Airbus A350-900. From henceforth the state of the art airplane will operate the scheduled service on the Addis Ababa Abuja route. Following this move Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam said; “As a veteran Pan African airline, it has always been our source of pride to connect our beloved continent of Africa together and beyond. Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s, the same time the Federal Republic of Nigeria gained independence from foreign colonization. We have always given our best to Nigeria at all times, both in good and more challenging times, and we have been part of Nigeria’s historic growth; always considering ourselves as vital partners in the history and growth of Nigeria as a country. “The A350 is yet another of the landmarks in our 70-year proud history; providing exceptional levels of luxury and reliability for a totally unique passenger experience. Hence, with the reopening of Abuja Airport, the extra features of our game changing fleet, Airbus A350, will be awaiting our esteemed Nigerian travellers. We shall continue to avail critical air connectivity options and connect African countries together and far beyond.” Ethiopian currently operates 20 weekly flights to four Nigerian cities; Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano; offering hassle free connectivity to its worldwide network spread across five continents. Passengers aboard the flight will enjoy the extra features of this most modern of aircrafts: amazing cabin interior features with the latest high-definition touch screen, personal monitors with a higher selection of movies, wider seats and windows, the lowest twin engine noise level, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting. Ethiopian Airlines is proud to be the first in Africa to own and operate the A350 in African skies. With total of 14 orders, Ethiopian currently has three of them already in operation. Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly 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. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. 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 centers: 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.