Bombardier Q400 in Air Cote d’Ivoire livery
Air Cote d’Ivoire, the West African state’s national carrier, has firmed a conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier for two Q400 NextGen aircraft.
The transaction, which was announced as a conditional purchase agreement Nov. 18 during the Dubai Air Show, also covers options for an additional two aircraft. The two Q400 NextGens are due to be delivered in August and September 2014.
Based on list prices, contract value for the two now-firmed aircraft is approximately $69 million. If the two options are also firmed up, this would increase to $141 million.
The West African nation has been riven with internal strife over the past decade, but is now embarking on a program of national reconstruction. Air Cote d’Ivoire has been tasked with rebuilding internal and regional routes.
The airline, which began operations in January, has a fleet of three Airbus A319s plus an Embraer E-170; the Brazilian aircraft is due to be replaced by the Bombardier turboprops on services to eight domestic destinations and others regionally.
At the Dubai Air Show, Air Cote d’Ivoire CEO René Décurey said a decision on whether to take up the two options would be made by next November.
Décurey added that its new equipment needed to be of a standard suitable for international routes within a two-hour radius of Abidjan, the national capital, but also have the ability to operate from unpaved runways.