Air Côte d’Ivoire, operating out of Abidjan, placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners on 18 December 2013.
The national carrier of Ivory Coast pays about US$ 69 million for the pair. If it also converts two options it took, the order value for Bombardier rises to 141 million US dollar. The deal was pre-announced during the 2013 Dubai Airshow in November.
Apart from the fairly high speed and good cruise capabilities of the Q400, Air Côte d’Ivoire had another reason to choose for the Bombardier aircraft. “In West Africa, where average fuel prices are among the highest in the world and the highest on the continent, the fast, fuel-efficient Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner is the most cost effective and flexible regional aircraft solution for our operations”, says the airlines Chief Executive Officer René Decurey.
Including the order announced today, Bombardier has booked 480 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.