Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on 28 September 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
Based on its valued customer feedback, the airline requested the manufacturer to reconfigure the new Q-400 and as result, Ethiopian is now the first airline to take delivery of this aircraft with new reconfiguration. The new aircraft contain numerous innovations that will greatly enhance passenger comfort. Whereas the previous Q-400s were all economy, the new aircraft will have 7 business class and 60 economy class seats. The new configuration also has a second lavatory which gives exclusive access to business class passengers.
Unlike the previous Q-400s, the new aircraft will have reclining seats in economy class cabin and a hot galley enabling the service of hot meals on regional flights. The new airplanes will also have more luggage capacity and extra overhead bin space and leg room.
All 5 re-configured Q-400s will be delivered to Ethiopian before the end of this year. The airline also plans to re-configure the Q-400 already in its fleet in order to meet its customers' expectations.(Ethiopian Press Release)