Friday, July 22, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines' new Airbus A350 XWB lands in Douala for the first time



When news reached us in Douala that ET’s new wide body aircraft, the Airbus A350-XWB will land here on Sunday 17th July, we were elated. I’d blogged about its arrival in Addis Ababa a couple of days earlier. Here is the link.


Lots of people -journalists, bloggers and top airport officials were invited to the Douala International Airport to witness the A350 landing and the gala event. I had to take fellow Camerbloggers across all police check points which was no easy task. By the time I arrived the boarding gate A32, the plane had already landed. The A350 which came here called Siemen Mountains was really mountain like. Everything about it was brand new and glittery too (it is just a three week old plane). The two pilots emerged at the door to thunderous applause. When the cabin crew finally disembarked, I walked up the stairs and into the aircraft to feed my eyes and take lots of pictures. Wow, what a sight! Business class looks like King Solomon's palace. I described the plane thus on Facebook…the new Airbus A350-WXB called Siemen Mountains just...well, spectacularly rubbished the Dreamliner! It's a...high tech, magnificent flying mansion! Period.