Bombardier has announced two orders for the from African carriers at the Dubai Air Show, with orders from Air Côte d’Ivorie   and from lessor Palma Holdings for aircraft destined for Ethopian airlines.

The order for Air Côte d’Ivorie consists of 2 firm orders and 2 options.   “The dual-class-configured NextGen aircraft is ideally suited for our market; it will support passengers’ requirements and integrate well into our fleet,” said Rene Decurey, Chief Executive Officer, Air Côte d’Ivoire.  “Additionally, in West Africa, where average fuel prices are among the highest in the world and the highest on the continent, the fast, fuel-efficientQ400 NextGen turboprop airliner is the most cost effective and flexible aircraft solution for our operations.”

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Palma Holding Limited has order 4 Q400s with 4 options, with Ethiopian as the initial customer for the company based in Dubai.  Ethiopian is already a operator, with current fleet of 13 Q400s.

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Separately, Bombardier announced that Ethiopian has become an authorized service center.  Ethiopian offers airframe, engine and component overhaul capabilities from its base in Addis Ababa.  This should strengthen Bombardier’s already strong presence in the African market.

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