Bombardier on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to authorize Ethiopian Airlines as an authorized service facility (ASF) for its Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft.
The national Ethiopian carrier operates a fleet of 13 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft along with its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. The announcement follows Bombardier's recent establishment of a full service regional support office at Lanseria Airport in South Africa, which it says will "complement" the airline's maintenance services.
“We are enthusiastic about the many new opportunities for commercial aviation in Africa and, through sustained investment and focus, we are expanding our support services on the continent at an accelerated pace," said Eric Martel, president of specialized and amphibious aircraft at Bombardier.
The maintenance authorization is expected to be finalized in late August.
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