Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s flagship carrier based in Abidjan, on February 17 too delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (above) (TU-TSX), becoming the first operator of the type in the West-African region. This latest generation aircraft will join Air Côte d’Ivoire’s existing Airbus fleet of six aircraft.
Above Photo: H. Grousse-Master Films/Airbus.
With improved levels of efficiency, this new aircraft will be deployed on Air Côte d’Ivoire’s regional network to serve Senegal, Gabon, and Cameroon. Destinations like South Africa will be added at a later stage, highlighting the operational flexibility of the A320neo.
Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is configured in a comfortable two-class layout with 16 seats in Business and 132 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will benefit from the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft, high-speed Internet connectivity and latest generation in-flight entertainment system.
Above Photos: Eurospot.
Air Cote d’Ivoire’s first A320neo took off from Toulouse carrying 1 tonne of humanitarian goods including medical equipment and toys. In partnership with Aviation sans Frontières and the Airbus Foundation, the mission is part of Air Côte d’Ivoire’s corporate social responsibility initiative. The transported goods will serve local NGOs in Abidjan, thus supporting the education and health sector in the country.
Air Cote d’Ivoire has a fleet of 10 aircraft, including three A319s and three A320s, serving 25 domestic and regional destinations in West and Central Africa.
Air Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast’s flagship airline based in Abidjan, received its new Airbus A320 at a ceremony that was held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on Monday, July 17, 2017. This ceremony was jointly presided over by Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President Programmes and General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Chairman of Air Côte d’Ivoire’s Board of Directors.
Air Côte d’Ivoire already operates six Airbus aircraft (four A319s and two A320) in the framework of a leasing contract. Air Côte d’Ivoire operates 25 different domestic routes in West Africa and Central Africa.
The cabin of the aircraft is configured in two classes (16 business class and 132 economy class seats). The business class offering provides an unbeatable level of comfort with the new “Celeste” seat provided by Stelia Aerospace, while the economy class provides a high level of service, particularly in terms of the lighting system and internet connectivity.
Air Côte d’Ivoire currently flies to 20 international destinations located in West and Central Africa, and to five domestic destinations.
Photo: Airbus. Airbus A320-214 TU-TSV (msn 7742) was the new aircraft accepted.
Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan)Air Côte d’Ivoire Orders Two More Bombardier Q400 , the national airline of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. Air Côte d’Ivoire’s two options were acquired under a contract announced on December 18, 2013 that also included a firm order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire took delivery of its first two aircraft in 2014, in a dual-class configuration.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Côte d’Ivoire Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FBUO (msn 4478) is pictured at Downsview.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered Air Côte d’Ivoire’s (Abidan) first two DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprops (msn 4474 and 4478). The two aircraft will be showcased today (Saturday, November 15) during an inauguration event in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
The purchase agreement between Bombardier and Air Côte d’Ivoire, which covers two firm-ordered Q400 NextGen aircraft plus two options, was announced on December 18, 2013.
Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FBUO (msn 4478) is pictured at Downsview, Ontario prior to the handover.
Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), has signed a conditional purchase agreement for two DHC-8-402 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two additional aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of Ivory Coast.
As of September 30, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.
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Video: Cockpit view of an Air Côte d’Ivoire Airbus A319 arriving in Abidjan.
Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) finally operated its first revenue flight on November 12 with a flight from Abidjan to Dakar according to Reuters. This new national carrier replaces defunct Air Ivoire. The launch was delayed from April 2012. The new airline will operate on regional flights before it launches services to Europe. The company is operating two former Air France Airbus A319s. Air Cote d’Ivoire is a partnership between Air France (Paris) and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Air Côte d’Ivoire is owned by the government of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Air France and Aérienne de Participation-Côte d’Ivoire, an airline holding company of AKFED.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A319-115 (LR) F-GRXG (msn 2213) formerly operated “Dedicate” services for partner Air France. Pictured at Toulouse on June 1, 2012, the airliner was the first delivery for the new airline on October 6, 2012. The airliner is now operating as TU-TSA. The airframe is leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) is planning to launched scheduled passenger operations by the end of July. The new flag carrier is owned by the Cote d’Ivoire government (51 percent), Air France (20 percent) and the Agha Khan Group (15 percent).
On May 15, 2012 Air France, a strategic partner with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and the economic development agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), signed a partnership framework agreement and a shareholders agreement for the creation of Air Côte d’Ivoire.
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