The first Bombardier Q400 aircraft among eight Ethiopian airline order for Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc. arrived Sunday. Ethiopian had signed a purchase of agreement with the Canadian company to buy eight Bombardier Q400 aircrafts at a cost of 192 million USD. Bombardier Q400 aircraft has a capacity to carry 78 passengers.
Transport and communication State Minister Getachew Mengiste on the occasion said government has attached due attention for expansion and services of domestic flights. He said the aircrafts would meet the demand for domestic flights and to enhance the tourism sector. The State Minister commended the efforts of Ethiopian in backing the economic growth of the country.
Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake on his part said the remaining seven aircrafts will arrive until the Oct. 2010. Girma said Bombardier Q400 aircrafts will replace Fokker aircrafts which have been serving for the last 15 years.
He said the fund for the purchase for the aircrafts was secured from the Canadian government.
Domestic Operations Director of Ethiopian Abebe Angessa said the aircraft will begin service as of next week. Abebe said Bombardier Q400 would enable Ethiopian to deliver effective service to domestic flight customers.
He said the aircrafts would also enhance tourist flow and investment activities in the country. The director said Ethiopian is currently is providing domestic flight service with Boeing 737 and Fokker aircrafts.