Air Côte d’Ivoire has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. The deal was made on 13 April 2015, manufacturer Bombardier announced.
The two Q400 options were acquired under a contract announced on 18 December 2013, together with a firm order for two Q400s. The national flag carrier of the Ivory Coast seems very happy with those two aircraft, both delivered in 2014, that it now has turned the two options into a real deal.
Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen turboprop, the firm order is valued at approximately $69 million US.
Air Côte d’Ivoire started operations in November 2012 and serves 22 destinations in West and Central Africa, including three new destinations in Côte d’Ivoire that were added in November 2014 . The airline transported 400,000 passengers in 2014 and its objective is to carry 600,000 in 2015. The airline is owned in part by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire (65 per cent), Air France (20 per cent) and private investor Goldenrod Investissement (15 per cent).
Featured image: Computer rendiering of the Bombardier Q400 in Air Côte d’Ivoire (Image © Bombardier)