European Aircraft Manufacturer Airbus Expects Addis To Become Mega City
ADDIS ABABA, Feb 27 (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA) -- European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says it expects the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to become a mega city from the aviation perspective -- one which has more than 10,000 long-haul air passengers a day -- in the next 20 years.
According to an Airbus statement received here by the Ethiopian news Agency (ENA), there are currently 39 mega cities in the world, and the number would increase to 90 in the next 20 years. Addis Ababa was expected to join this group.
Countries which have mega cities will need very large aircraft like the Airbus A380 and Ethiopia, too, may need the A380 in the coming 20 years.
However, as Ethiopian Airlines is growing fast it needs more new aircraft, said Airbus.
According to Airbus, its new A350XWB aircraft is on the right track. The A350, which is currently in the manufacturing line, is expected to roll out of the final assembly line in Toulouse this year and to fly by early next year. First deliveries are slated for 2014.
Ethiopian Airlines has placed firm orders for 12 A350-900 aircraft and Airbus will start delivering the first A350s to Ethiopian in 2017.
At present, Ethiopian is contemplating ordering more long-haul aircraft and it is evaluating the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.