Bombardier Aerospace has signed a letter of intent to authorize Ethiopian Airlines of Addis Ababa to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 turboprops, the manufacturer announced last month. The parties expect the agreement to take effect this month.
Ethiopian Airlines’ overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa employs an all-Ethiopian workforce of more than 750 licensed technicians and support staff.
Last November the airline took the first of five Q400s outfitted with a dual-class configuration on Bombardier’s production line. Those airplanes, now in service with both Ethiopian and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo, increased the number of the big turboprops in the company’s stable to 13.