Posted on: 28 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Air Côte D’Ivoire has become the first African airline to order an Airbus A320neo.
The carrier has signed a firm order for two A320neos and two A320 aircraft, also marking the first time Air Côte D’Ivoire has signed a purchase agreement directly with Airbus.
As part of its new order, Air Côte D’Ivoire has announced it has selected CFM engines for its A320 fleet, which will feature a two class cabin layout.
“With these new aircraft Air Côte d’Ivoire will position itself as a flagship airline in the region by offering its passengers the best onboard services. Air Côte d’Ivoire will also improve its punctuality and reliability thanks to these latest-generation Airbus aircraft,” commented General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman of the board, Air Côte d’Ivoire.
“We are very pleased to welcome Air Côte D’Ivoire as our first customer for the A320neo in Africa. Our A320neo and A320 will offer Air Côte D’Ivoire the lowest operational costs and the highest seat comfort and widest cabins for its passengers,” added John Leahy, Airbus’s COO of customers. “This order will play a key role in the development of Air Côte D’Ivoire with new routes to West and Central Africa.”
The airline currently operates five Airbus aircraft on lease; four A319s and one A320.