Posted on: 17 November 2014 by Mark Howells
Air Cote d’Ivoire has showcased the delivery of two new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft at a special inauguration ceremony.
The aircraft come from an order placed last December for two of the type with options for a further two aircraft.
Air Cote d’Ivoire has enrolled its new Q400 NextGens in Bombardier's Smart Parts programme, with terms specifically customised for the five-year deal. Smart Parts offers component exchange and repair at competitive costs, also claiming to provide the superior quality and availability of key components.
John Kassis, regional VP of sales for Bombardier in the Middle East and Africa, commented, “We're delighted to be contributing to Air Cote d'Ivoire's growth strategy, and look forward to helping the airline launch service as the fifth operator of dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprops in Africa.”
“As we modernise our fleet and expand our domestic and regional route network, we will benefit from the Q400 NextGen aircraft's dual-class configuration, which provides a true business class, as well as its outstanding speed, long-range cruise capability and operational flexibility,” remarked Rene Decurey, CEO of Air Cote d’Ivoire. “In addition, we expect that the Q400 NextGen aircraft's fuel efficiency will serve us well in West Africa, where average fuel prices are among the highest in the world and the highest on the continent.”