Ethiopian Airlines Group, the flag carrier of Ethiopia, Africa’s largest airline group, has upsized four of its A350-900 on order to the largest variant of the A350 Family, the A350-1000, becoming Africa’s first customer for the aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines has already ordered 22 A350-900s, of which 16 aircraft have been delivered. With the A350-1000 upsizing, Ethiopian Airlines’ backlog consists of four A350-1000s and two A350-900s.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We are delighted over the upsizing of the A350-900 on order to the largest variant, A350-1000, that helps us stay ahead of the curve in technology. We are the technology leaders in the continent introducing the latest technology and fuel-efficient fleet into Africa. The A350-1000 is the best fit for our dense routes, and we believe that the upsizing will be instrumental in satisfying the increasing demand of customers in our vast global network across five continents. We will continue on keeping ourselves abreast of aviation technology advancements to enhance our service and fulfil customers’ demand.”
“We are proud of our strong partnership with Ethiopian Airlines – the first airline in Africa to order and operate the A350-900. In another first, Ethiopian Airlines is once again leading the way in Africa’s aviation sector by introducing the A350-1000, the largest version of the world’s most efficient and technologically advanced passenger aircraft.” said Mikail Houari, President, Airbus Africa and Middle East. “The A350-900 has delivered extraordinary capability, fuel efficiency, and operational reliability of 99.5 percent together with unbeatable operational flexibility and efficiency, from short to ultra-long-range operations.”
The A350-1000 will increase the East African carrier’s capacity and it will be an addition to its modern wide-body fleet. The airline will benefit from a flexible, high-value Family leveraging Airbus’ unprecedented level of commonality and same type rating.
The Airbus A350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, a carbon-fibre fuselage and wings, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency and sustainability for Ethiopian Airlines, with a 25% reduction in fuel-burn and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation twin-aisle aircraft.
By the end of June 2022, the A350 Family had received 940 orders from 52 customers, making it the reference large widebody family for the next decades.
Conoil Plc Declares N1.73 Billion Dividend
Conoil Plc announced its intention to pay N1.73 billion in divided to its shareholders for the 2022 financial year. This translates to N2.50 per share.
The major oil marketer revealed these impressive figures after its 53rd Annual General Meeting, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Despite the challenging economic landscape in Nigeria, Conoil demonstrated remarkable growth with its Profit Before Tax surging by an astounding 60.1 percent to N6.13 billion in 2022, up from N3.83 billion in the preceding year.
This performance also translated to a 60 percent increase in Profit After Tax, soaring from N3.08 billion to N4.96 billion.
Conoil Plc’s gross earnings rose by 5.1 percent to N145.8 billion in the 2022 financial year, compared to N138.2 billion in 2021.
Shareholders unanimously approved the proposed dividend payout, reflecting their confidence in the company’s ability to navigate a challenging business environment.
Dr. Mike Adenuga, the Chairman of Conoil Plc, expressed the company’s commitment to creating value for shareholders and ensuring a growing share price.
He emphasized their consistent ability to improve operational margins and expand across all locations, focusing on delivering exceptional service to customers.
Looking ahead, Adenuga acknowledged potential challenges in the ever-changing geopolitical and socio-economic landscape but assured shareholders that Conoil would remain focused on strategies that yield dividends.
He highlighted the government’s reform initiatives, including the elimination of petrol subsidies and foreign exchange market reforms, as opportunities for growth.
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Dangote Industries Limited Reaffirms Commitment to Bolstering Employment Opportunities for Nigerians
Dangote Industries Limited has underscored its unwavering dedication to fostering employment opportunities and advancing the cause of decent work for the Nigerian populace.
Dangote Industries Limited has reiterated its steadfast investment in critical sectors of the nation’s economy to facilitate job creation and stimulate the growth of meaningful employment.
Speaking during the induction ceremony of a new cohort of graduate trainees, Mr. Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group, highlighted the company’s transformative journey from a commodity trading entity to a manufacturing powerhouse.
This evolution is a testament to their unwavering mission to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s industrial development, consequently positioning the nation prominently in the African industrial landscape.
“The core mission of our group is to improve the lives of the people by addressing their fundamental needs. This noble objective can only be achieved through the production of essential goods that cater to the needs of our people. This is why we have made massive investments across various sectors of the economy,” stated Mr. Dangote.
Mr. Dangote further emphasized the pivotal role that manufacturing plays in meeting the needs of the populace and its potent ability to combat poverty by creating job opportunities.
He commended the ongoing graduate trainee program as a tangible manifestation of their commitment to employment generation, recognizing its positive impact on the lives of countless individuals.
In a strategic move aimed at fulfilling their goal of job creation and addressing the basic needs of the Nigerian people, Mr. Dangote revealed that his Group has expanded its business portfolio with three significant investments valued at over $20 billion.
These investments encompass the refinery, petrochemical, and fertilizer sectors, with the potential to not only bolster the nation’s economy but also reinvigorate Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves.
Also, these initiatives are anticipated to generate approximately $16 billion in foreign exchange earnings and offer an impressive aggregate of 250,000 jobs, thereby contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment in the country.
Dangote Industries Limited remains unwavering in its commitment to making substantial contributions to Nigeria’s industrial landscape, and its dedication to providing employment opportunities that uplift the lives of Nigerians is undeniably resolute.
The Group’s continuous investments in critical sectors reflect a steadfast commitment to shaping a brighter future for both the nation and its people.
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