Ethiopian Airlines Orders Additional Bombardier Q400 Aircraft
The two aircraft will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet total of Q400s to 19.
“The Q400 airliner has played a vital role in availing convenient connections, as well as increasing frequencies to support air travel growth in Africa,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, the airline’s group CEO.
The Bombardier Q400 offers a 30% fuel burn reduction over similar turboprop airliners, and its high-speed cruise is 99 mph (160 km/h) faster than conventional turboprops. The aircraft is the newest in the Q series family of aircraft.
It offers features that are important for the African market, Bombardier said. “Its ruggedness and reliability in challenging operational environments where its hot and high capability, jet-like speed and high rate of climb are significant assets” have allowed the Q400 to make “impressive headway” in Africa, said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
To date, Bombardier has received firm orders for 547 Q400s, including Ethiopian’s order.
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