Ethiopian Airlines Lands On New Abuja Airport Runway
Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday landed its brand-new Airbus A350-900 in the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to herald the official reopening of the airport.
A live video of the arrival of the Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 was broadcast by the Aso Rock Villa Facebook page on Tuesday.
It was the first time the A350 was landing in Abuja, and this came 24 hours ahead of the April 19 date set for the reopening of the airport.
The Airline’s Traffic and Sales Manager, Firiehiwot Mekonnen, had told newsmen of the plan on Monday.
Mekonnen said that the aircraft would land in Abuja on its first day of operation from Addis Ababa and that it would remain on Abuja route.
“The Ethiopian’s brand new Airbus A350-900 is landing in Abuja airport tomorrow (Tuesday) as the first aircraft to land on the newly rehabilitated runway and first airbus to land in Abuja.
“From now on, we are going to operate Airbus on Abuja route,’’ she said.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport has been shut down since March 8 for renovation.
Based on experience, Nigerians expressed reservations about the government’s ability to meet the set date.
Reactions to this video on Facebook, however, shows that many Nigerians are pleasantly surprised that the aviation authorities could meet the deadline.
Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign airline that immediately agreed to use the Kaduna airport after all flights were diverted their while Abuja was being fixed.
It was the first to land its new Boeing 787 in Kaduna.