Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have signed a firm purchase agreement for two additional Q400 turboprop airliners.
The agreement will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 aircraft fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest in Africa.
Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the transaction is valued at approximately $63 million.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines in a statement said, “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. Through our strategic partnerships with ASKY Airlines in Togo and Malawian Airlines in Malawi, the Q400 airliner has played a vital role in availing convenient connections, as well as increasing frequencies to support air travel growth in Africa and successfully create a missing link.”
He said the Q400 aircraft is also the airlines’ core fleet to its domestic and regional destinations, thereby ensuring excellent passenger experience, operational flexibility and economics.
“We continue to work with Bombardier to support and maintain the aircraft through our approved Q400 Authorized Service Facility and our Q400 aircraft simulator,” Gebremariam said.
About Q400 aircraft
Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It provides unmatched performance, operational flexibility and passenger comfort.
In addition to the standard single-class configuration, Q400 aircraft are available with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort in an optional extra-capacity configuration with up to 86 seats for high-density markets and in a combi configuration.
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