First Bombardier Q400 aircraft to arrive in March
Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday that the first Bombardier Q400 aircraft among its order for Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc. will arrive on March 22, 2011, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported.
Domestic Sales, Marketing and Operations Director of Ethiopian Abebe Angessa said Ethiopia had signed a purchase of agreement with the Canadian company to buy eight Bombardier Q400 aircrafts at a cost of 192 million USD.
The director said the remaining seven aircraft will arrive by September 2011.
He said each aircraft worth 24 million USD can carry 72 passengers. The director said Fokker aircraft which have been serving the last 15 years would be replaced by Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
Abebe said the aircraft would enable Ethiopian to deliver effective service to domestic passengers.
He said over 215,000 passengers have been transported and some 59 million birr has been secured over the past six months.
The director said Ethiopian has plans to transport 500,000 passengers and to secure over 100,000 million birr in this Ethiopian fiscal year.
He attributed the success to increment of tourist flow and investment activities in the country.
The director said Ethiopian is currently is providing domestic flight service with Boeing 737 and Fokker aircraft.