Ethiopian Airlines introduces Street View tour of new A350

Ethiopian has up to 15 A350s on order

Ethiopian Airlines passengers can now take a look inside the Cloud 9 Business Class and Economy cabins of their A350-900 XWB through a Google “Seat View” tour of their newest aircraft.

Africa’s largest and most profitable carrier is giving its prospective passengers a chance to peek inside their newest aircraft.

Ethiopian Airline’s Google Street View tour of the A350 will allow passengers between London Heathrow and Addis Ababa a closer look at their seat before flying.

This feature will be helpful to passengers thinking about bidding for an upgrade to Cloud 9 Business Class through Ethiopian’s PlusGrade program.

Although the close-up views of A350’s industry-leading BCE Diamond seats would be enough to justify the Cloud 9 upgrade, Ethiopian Airlines further enhanced their virtual tour by integrating pop-up panels to highlight special cabin features.

These panels are present throughout the aircraft and contain helpful information such as seat specifications, IFE offerings, and Cloud 9 food and beverage menus.

Moreover, passengers can then book flights, manage existing reservations or log into their ShebaMiles account after finishing the tour with just a single click on the corner sidebar.

Renata De Sousa, UK Sales and Marketing:

“Ethiopian Airlines has an incredibly modern fleet unrivaled by other African carriers, so we felt we needed an equally modern way of showcasing our product for both the direct consumers and travel trade”

Both tours were shot this year when photographer Hugh Flouch from Red Wheelbarrow Photography spent two days using a specially rigged DSLR camera to capture every passenger area.

UK Area Manager Michael Yared has said the airline also plans on adding their new B787-800 Dreamliner onto Google Street View in the coming weeks.

Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airline to get the A350 and has ordered 14 Airbus A350 in total.

Ethiopian will operate its A350-900s with a two class layout with a total of 343 seats comprising 30 in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class.

Altogether Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 14 Airbus A350 XWB.

Ethiopian will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network connecting Addis Ababa with destinations in Asia and America.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag-carrier of Ethiopia. It is wholly Government owned.

Ethiopian is a pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet on the continent.

Routes: Ethiopian flies to 92 international destinations across five continents. This includes 51 cities in Africa, 17 in Europe & America and 25 in the Gulf, Middle East & Asia.

Fleet: Ethiopian operates a mainly Boeing fleet and has these aircraft types either in service or on order:

  • A350-900
  • B737-700
  • B737-800
  • B737 Max8
  • B767-300ER
  • B777-200LR
  • B777-300ER
  • B787-8
  • B787-9 (on order)
  • Bombardier Dash 8 Q400

It has over 80 aircraft in total, with 51 more on order. The average age of the fleet is five years.

Passenger numbers: About 6.5 million

Alliance: Star Alliance

Image credit: Airbus

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