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Ethiopian Airlines' new A350 takes flight

Ethiopian Airlines' new A350 takes flight
Blake Wolfe

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With its first flight taking off this past Sunday (Nov. 10), Ethiopian Airlines’ new A350 aircraft could soon be flying daily from Toronto to Addis Ababa with the possibility of direct Montreal service as well, as the carrier looks to increase frequency and capacity from Canada.

The new aircraft received a warm welcome at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Sunday (Nov. 10) complete with champagne and a media tour of the new plane, just before its inaugural flight to Addis Ababa.

READ MORE: New Canadian flights in the works for Ethiopian Airlines

Operating the route five times weekly, Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines’ country manager for Canada, told PAX that the airline has applied to Transport Canada to increase frequency to daily service, citing an increase in business travellers, particularly the mining sector. In addition, service from Montreal is also on the horizon, with Arega adding that ideally, that route will become daily as well. 

In a previous interview with PAX, Arega also cited the desire to increase tourism to Africa via Ethiopian Airlines, describing it as his “top priority” in his role.

“Currently many Canadians travelling to Africa are required to connect via Europe, so we have submitted our application to go daily from Toronto and start a direct flight from Montreal,” he said. “We want to help Canadians save time and money when travelling to Africa.”

Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines’ country manager for Canada

A closer look at the A350

Among the features of Ethiopian Airlines’ new A350 are:

Inflight Wi-Fi Connection 

Passengers with smart devices can connect to the world, while others can use smart individual touch screens on their seats. With the state-of-the-art broadband satellite technology, passengers can rest assured that they will enjoy reliable connectivity for sending emails, shopping online or even chatting on social media.


All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, television series and audio channels.


The A350XWB’s innovative technology improves performance in operation. It 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.

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Samson Arega, country manager Canada & David Timmins, senior sales manager, with the A350 crew.

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