Bombardier Aerospace today announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire, has signed a conditional purchase agreement for two Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of Ivory Coast. Based on list price, the contract value for two firm-ordered Q400 NextGen aircraft would be approximately US$69 million. Should the two options be converted to firm orders, the contract value would increase to US$141 mn.
René Decurey, chief executive officer, Air Côte d’Ivoire said: “We will capitalize on the Q400 NextGen aircraft performance. We are looking to expand our domestic and regional route network. Additionally, in West Africa, where average fuel prices are high, the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner is the most cost effective regional aircraft solution.”
Bombardier regional aircraft have made significant advances in Africa to the point where the Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets comprise 50% share of the fleet of 37- to 120-seat aircraft on the continent, with approximately160 aircraft in service, or on order, by more than 50 operators. As of September 30, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.