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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