Ethiopian Airlines adds two more Bombardier Q400 aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines and Canada-based Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced Tuesday that they have signed a purchase agreement for two additional Q400 turboprop aircraft.

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Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines

The two planes, valued at around 63 million U.S. dollars, will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 aircraft fleet to 19, making it the largest total fleet in Africa, according to a statement from Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines

“We are continuously working to have the right fleet with agility, optimal range, load and passenger comfort which is critical for us to keep our leadership position in the market. The Q400 aircraft continues to be an integral part of our expansion strategy in Africa,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines.

Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said some 69 Q400 aircraft are now in service, with more than 20 operators on the African continent.

“The Q400 turboprop continues to make impressive headway in Africa and has proven its ruggedness and reliability in challenging operational environments where its hot and high capability, jet-like speed and high rate of climb are significant assets,” he said.

“We are delighted with Ethiopian Airlines’ continuing growth and impressive use of the aircraft to satisfy a wide variety of market requirements.”

In 2013, Ethiopian Airlines joined Bombardier’s global network of Authorized Service Facilities (ASFs) for commercial aircraft and performs line and heavy maintenance on Q400 aircraft at its facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

The ASF works in close collaboration with Bombardier’s maintenance network of wholly owned service centres and ASFs, as well as with Bombardier’s network of parts hubs and depots. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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