in Air Transport / Aircraft Interiors

Dual class cabin as Ethiopian upgrades turboprop offer

Posted 18 November 2012 · Add Comment

Ethiopian Airines and its Togo affiliate ASKY Airlines have become the first in the world to operate a two class cabin in their Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Speaking at the African Airlines Association assembly in Johannesburg tonight Ethiopian CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said the move removed one major customer barrier to using the aircraft on regional routes.

Ethiopian is the first airline to take delivery of the newly configured aircraft, which now offers seven business class and 60 economy class seats. It also has reclining seats in economy class and a hot galley, as well as more luggage capacity, extra overhead bin space and leg room. And, Tewolde pointed out, an extra lav for the business class passengers

Ethiopian operates the Q400 on 17 domestic destinations and on regional routes including Djibouti, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar-es-Salam, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Kigali, Juba, Khartoum and Berbera. Five re-configured Q400s are on order. The airline also plans to re-configure around half of its existing eight Q400s.

“We want to use the aircraft on some international regional routes,” Tewolde said. “But there was a need to cater for premium customers. This has solved that problem.”

“Now our Cloud Nine customers can enjoy a full business class service and our connecting passengers from Ethiopian and the Star Alliance network will benefit

from a greatly improved product in line with our continuous effort to provide a seamless travel experience,” Tewolde said.
Bombardier said that other airlines had seen the configuration and that a US airline was also now in line to make the same move.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Etihad Aviation Group and Emirates Red Crescent support group travelling for Umrah as part of 'Year

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has taken part in an exciting philanthropic collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, to support a group of 15 travellers in experiencing the holy pilgrimage of Umrah.

Family fortunes...

South African Express (SAX) and South African Airways (SAA) may be separate companies, but their corporate identities and destinies are closely intertwined. As Victoria Moores found out, both companies are battling a stagnant market

UAE Space Agency and Algerian Space Agency strengthen ties

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Algerian counterpart the Algerian Space Agency.

Boeing reports first-quarter results

The Boeing Company reported higher first-quarter earnings and operating cash flow compared to the previous year, driven by solid execution on production programmes and services.

Botswana terminal takes next step towards 2020 vision

The Government of Botswana says the construction of a temporary terminal building at Maun International Airport will be completed in May this year, although the rest of the infrastructure expansion project is due to be completed in

A new way to Scout out web booking

An innovative new charter sales platform, Jet Scout, has been introduced to the African and Middle East market. Vincent Chappard finds out why it is receiving a positive reaction.

EBACE17 SK0103240517
See us at
GroundHandling BT0303280917EBACE17 BT0103240517Aviation Festival BT25114617