Ethiopian Airlines is now offering onboard WiFi internet connectivity on its Airbus A350 aircraft.
Africa’s largest airline now allows its passengers to surf the internet with Ka-band broadband satellite technology. The inflight WiFi can be accessed with smart phones, tablets and laptops.
Inflight WiFi internet is being initially launched on Ethiopian’s A350 fleet with further plans to expand the service on other aircraft on long haul flights.
Passengers can access the inflight connectivity service by buying vouchers at Ethiopian Airlines sales outlets including Addis Ababa International Airport customer service desk, boarding gate and cabin crews onboard the fights. Online sales through credit/debit card and ShebaMiles miles are also additional options for passengers to enjoy the service.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines:
We are glad to introduce inflight internet connectivity with the latest broadband satellite technology, Ka-band, offering our passengers seamless digital experience as they fly Ethiopian. The launch of the onboard wi-fi internet is part of our relentless efforts tofurther add to passengers’ comfort keeping pace with the technology of the day. As customer-centric airline, we will remain focused on continuous service excellence, taking advantage of emerging technologies and infrastructure.”
Ethiopian Airlines is the flag-carrier of Ethiopia and is wholly Government owned. It is a pan-African global carrier with the youngest fleet on the continent and has registered an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
Routes: The airline flies to more than 90 international destinations in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and the Middle East and the USA.
Fleet: Ethiopian current operates over 100 passenger aircraft. It operates a mainly Boeing fleet and the current average age of the fleet is five years.
- 12 Airbus A350
- 28 Boeing B737
- 24 Boeing B777
- 23 Boeing B787
- 22 Bombardier Q400
Passenger numbers: Almost 8 million per year.
Alliance: Star Alliance