Bombardier has landed a new customer for its Q400 turboprop in Africa, inking a conditional order with Air Côte d’Ivoire for a pair of the 74-seat turboprops here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. The national carrier of the Ivory Coast, established in January, has also signed for two options, convertible until November next year. Bombardier values the potential firm order at $69 million based on list prices.
Air Côte d’Ivoire plans to replace its single Embraer E170 with the first Q400, tentatively scheduled for delivery in August next year. Its second airplane should arrive a month later.
Appearing at a Dubai press conference yesterday, Air Côte d’Ivoire director general Rene Decurey said the Q400 will help the airline develop its hub in Abidjan, from where domestic flights had ceased for the past 15 years amid political instability in the Western African country, which culminated in civil war in 2011. “During the crisis the country was divided in two, and it has to be reunified and reunification means air transport to bring development into the countryside,” explained Decurey.