Airbus said Ethiopian Airlines’ first A350-900 is taking shape on the final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The Ethiopia flag carrier will take delivery of the first of 14 A350 XWBs next year, making Ethiopian Airlines the first African A350 XWB operator. Of the 14 aircraft, 12 are directly purchased from Airbus and two are on lease from AerCap, including this one. According to an Airbus statement, “mating of the various aircraft fuselage sections has begun and the ...

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