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Airbus pushes Ethiopian to buy A350
Egypt Air, Ethiopian start negotiations
By Kaleyesus Bekele
The European consortium, Airbus, is trying hard to convince the management of Ethiopian to buy A350 XWB, it was learnt. Ethiopian has a plan to buy five long-range aircraft.
Executives of Airbus who this week came to Addis Ababa to participate in the 18th annual African aviation conference were trying to impress executives of Ethiopian during the conference. The Airbus officials conferred with their Ethiopian counterparts on Thursday at the headquarters of Ethiopian at Bole International Airport.
Alberto Grande, services and support director of Airbus, and François Cognard, vice president for sales, North Africa and Middle East, briefed the management of Ethiopian led by Girma Wake. The Airbus officials explained the performance of the aircraft and what they would offer if Ethiopian bought the Airbus.
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Ethiopian Air Lines needs a change in its fleet. Go for Air Bus Mr. Wake.
Certainly, Ethiopian Airlines is well respected internationally and it is good to see/hear Airbus is approaching Ethiopian to sell their aircraft. The only thing I would warn Ethiopian airlines is that 1, don’t trust Egypt; 2, if Airbus wants Ethiopian to earn their business; they (Airbus) should provide simulators to Ethiopian for free with an agreement that Ethiopian will indeed purchase some of the A350’s. Airbus should also found the trainings of Ethiopian technicians and all accessories. If Airbus is willing to do such then Ethiopian should reconsider the purchase of A350’s and give Boeing some competitions. It is also worthy noting that the new A350’s will be more fuel efficient which is worth to consider for Ethiopian.
Boeing could be better
We are proud of Ethiopian airlines.
Thanks for all the staffs and administrator of this airline for your good job.
God Bless Ethiopian and her leader.
If the mangment takes the offer without a serious thinking, then we will be forced to face a serious obstacles in future. It is not only the aircraft to be purchased, but the whole maintenance and simulators must be installed from scratch. this will cost the airline for unwanted expence which will again affect the future operation of the airline especially in the coming years of recession. I am hoping Ato Girma is not such a person who can be won or decived by the Airbus sales group for such high commitment. On the other hand, as some of the mangment people who themselves are corrupt, might try to put the Airline in jeopardy. So far all the success of the airline was not due to our high and qualitative mangement that it survived, but a miracle and at least God is on our side. So pleas no rush for such unexpected destruction. Stick with your old customer Boeing where we have a good experienced techinicians and well equiped facility. I smell danger!!! Please Ato Girma think deep!!!
I would not suggest the government to purchase the Airbus because Europeans do not support the government agenda in political arena.
I don’t understand ethiopian’s managmnet logic at all, as to why they don’t want airbuses service?? I can understand for the managment to be skeptical about airbuses new planes that are just on the drawing board.what i don’t understand is why they don’t want any airbus planes at all?? The reasoning as to airline staff not being knowledge about airbus is not good enough either.If ethiopian wants to negotiate and get a plane for a really good deal from boeing ,their first strategy should be to have enough inventory of airbus planes.That is in Business 101, chapter 1 negotiation stratgies.I used to think this girma wake guy was really smart,but i have to say,i’m begining to doubt that now.peace
its a good time to buy air craft good job the hared workig ethiopia
I think ETHIOPIAN should go ahead and buy a few of the Airbus aircrafts.
The Boeng Dreamliner has been nothing more than a dream.
Yes ETHIOPIAN leave your option open.
Don’t let Boeing take your for granted
and you can’t live your egg in one basket.
Given that the exclusive relationship with Boeing only seems to be working for Boeing, it is high time for ET to go to the competition. I don’t know what is the negotiated rates for the 787s, but I would not be overly surprised if we got a higher rate than Kenya Airways. Boeing has taken ET for granted for way too long, the delays with the 787 is costing the airiline; it is time to put our $$$ (the international currency for planes, even at Airbus) in Toulouse. The additional benefit being that Lufthansa, with which ET is getting closer and closer operates Airbus for long haul.
To Belew and his comment above…
“..I used to think this girma wake guy was really smart,but i have to say,i’m begining to doubt that now..”
Ato Belew, You can not buy something that you can can not fix…If you are a mechanic, you need to make sure that you have a screw-driver which it does fit to at least to every thing…Air Bus is here & Boieng is there i.e. the stick is here & the goat is there - If you know what I mean.
why you buy air bus the world krized packet are you foool!
The Airbus A350-XWB looks like a cool wide plane able to carry over 250 passengers to long distances. I believe it is good for Ethiopian to diversify planes. Airbus have cool four engined planes like the A340-500 and A340-600, their A330 is also popular around the world. Boeing stopped making four engined planes with the B720s and B707s (with the exception of the much larger B747s). Ethiopian should study the performance of the A350-XWB plane, its price compared to Boeing etc and if it turns out to be great buy it.
What amazed me is the egyptian ad person trying to negotiate with Ethioipan. egypt as we all know is the number one enemy of Ethiopia. egypt bit the hand that fed her her for centuiries. Over the centuries Ethiopia encountered so many invasion by egypt. In 1991 we all know how the egytian butros butros ghali was busy to break away “eritrea".In 1977 when somalias siad barre was getting ready to invade Ethiopia egypt poured money weapon and technical people into somlaia. In 1998 when the Asmera mad man aka isayas aferwork invaded Ethiopia egypt was a major supporter of isayas afeworks EPLF/pfdj. Recently in 2006 when the Ethiopian military went to Mogadishu to destroy ICU )Islamic courts union) egypt as usual sent amir mousa(the head of arab league) to saudi arabia. amir mousa went to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and cried saying “Ethiopia invaded our muslim sister somalia".
I say do not trust egypt as she is a DEVIL.
Ethiopian airlines has had an effective research and growth mechanism that made it stand out in otherwise mediocre business environment in Ethiopia over many decades now. It is this very reason that makes me choose not to second guess their decision which ever way they choose to go.
One obvious plus for going with Boeing, however, as many above have expressed it, the infrastructure and training and maintenance facilities the airliner have are more suited for Boeing. In these uncertain economic times it is very crucial that we spend our hard earned foreign currency wisely.
For EAL Boeing is better .It’s thanks to the
financial and technical assistances from this company that EAL has become
the biggest airlines in Africa .I don’t
think that Airbus could bring all the
garantees as much as Boeing .
TEDDY wrote: “For EAL Boeing is better .It’s thanks to the financial and technical assistances from this company that EAL has become the biggest airlines in Africa .I don’t think that Airbus could bring all the garantees as much as Boeing”
Well, Boeing doesn’t do anything that special for ET, we pay for the planes as you know. Airbus for sure will have to earn the business, that means giving ET a sweet offer it cannot refuse.
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