Those planning Kenya holidays in the near future will benefit from increased capacity on flights to and from the country as Ethiopian Airlines today (14th August) takes delivery of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The aircraft, the third to be operated commercially, will be put on the airline’s African routes first and utilised on international flights in the near future.
In addition to Kenya, those looking at organising holidays to South Africa could also enjoy a trip on this state-of-the-art plane, as Ethiopian Air also flies to Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The airline takes delivery of the 787 today in Seattle, Washington, becoming the first carrier in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East to operate the aircraft.
Constructed out of lighter materials – a staggering 50 per cent of the Dreamliner is carbon fibre – the 787 is designed to use less fuel than older aeroplanes.
Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, told The Associated Press: “Not only will we enjoy a 20 per cent reduction in fuel cost but it is environmentally friendly with less carbon emission than any other similarly sized aircraft.”
The 787’s maiden trip will be this weekend, taking 250 select customers and VIPs, on a flight around Mount Kilimanjaro. Located on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, the dramatic snow-topped peak is one of the many memorable things to do on the majestic continent of Africa.
Among the Dreamliner’s many features are larger windows, increased on-board humidity – designed to reduce instances of coughs, colds and dehydration – cabin pressure closer to that at sea level, and lighting that slowly changes colour – intended to prevent flight fatigue.
As part of its 15-year growth plan, Ethiopian Airlines has ordered a total of 10 Dreamliners, of which five are expected to enter service by the end of the year.