Ethiopian Keen to Acquire More Airbus Fleet  

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian airlines is currently evaluating more airbus models to acquire from the French planemaker, according to its CEO.

Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam and the airlines Executive Management team held a discussion with France Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, on Monday.

The two sides have discussed “areas of partnerships and cooperation between the airline and French companies”, Ethiopian in a statement.

Tewolde, in his remark at the meeting, said Ethiopian Airlines is “very happy on our partnership” with the French Government and companies like Airbus.

“We are working together to expand our partnership to the next level,” he continued.

The number of Ethiopian’s Airbus fleet is increasing with twelve A-350 in service and 12 on order.

“We are also evaluating other airplane models from Airbus,” Tewolde said.

Both sides mention that the recent launch of a flight to the French city, Marseille, by Ethiopian Airlines as ‘indicative of the growing partnership between Ethiopia and France’. Marseille is Ethiopian’s second destination in France.

Minister Le Maire believes that “There is a huge potential for further partnership in aviation-related areas.”

The discussion also covered areas of cooperation and partnership in airport expansion, duty-free facilities and in-flight entertainment, among others.