SINGAPORE 2012: Ethiopian Airlines named as buyer of 5 Q400 NextGens

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed Ethiopian Airlines as the customer for five Q400 NextGen turboprops as announced on 13 February 2012.

Two of the five aircraft will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines and three by its affiliate, ASky Airlines of Togo. As reported in the February-March 2012 issue of LARA, Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, discussing the airline’s regional plans, told the Future of Air Transport Conference that the airline intended to make such a purchase, though at the time he forecast an order for seven of the type. This order will increase the carrier’s Q400 fleet to 13.

“The Q400 NextGen airliner has fully met our expectations for economics, performance and passenger acceptance,” remarked Gebremariam. “Of great importance to us is the aircraft’s high rate of climb, single-engine service ceiling and higher takeoff weight, thus greater payload, when operating from our high altitude-hot weather airports.”

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