Air Côte d’Ivoire has firmed its purchase agreement with Bombardier for two Q400 NextGen, a $69 million order at current list prices.
The order, originally announced as an agreement at the Dubai Airshow, includes options for two additional Q400s, which would increase the order value to $141 million. The Abidjan-based carrier's chief executive, René Décurey, said (during the air show) that the purchase was made in an effort to improve fuel efficiency in the regional route network in West Africa where "average fuel prices are among the highest in the world," said Décurey.
“The Q400 NextGen aircraft is performing extremely well in Africa, where we now have 14 customers and operators, and more than 50 aircraft in service or on order,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier's commercial aircraft unit. “We are very encouraged by our sales performance on the continent, having captured 100 per cent market share over the last two years in the 20- to 99-seat turboprop segment."