New York, US (PANA) - Air Cote d’Ivoire, the Ivorian national carrier, has placed an order with Airbus for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet.
The Airbus A320neo family is a series of aircraft developed since December 2010 by Airbus, with the suffix "neo" meaning "new engine option". The A320neo replaces the original A320 family, which is now referred to as A320ceo, for "current engine option".
In addition to the new engines, the A320neo also included improvements as: aerodynamic refinements, large curved winglets, weight savings, a new aircraft cabin with larger hand luggage spaces, and an improved air purification system.
Airbus, in a statement obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, stated: "Air Cote d’Ivoire already distinguished itself recently by becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo."
It said: "This additional A320neo will allow Air Cote d’Ivoire to truly differentiate its product by offering a higher level of comfort to its customers with the new aircraft."
"This vote of confidence from Air Cote d’Ivoire is further proof of the rapid traffic growth in Africa, and of the leading role that this dynamic airline aims to play in the development of air transportation on this continent.
"Airbus is delighted to contribute to this," John Leahy, the Airbus chief operating officer, stated.
He disclosed that the A320 family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 12,500 orders since its launch and more than 7,000 aircraft delivered to some 400 customer and operators worldwide.
Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman, Air Côte d’Ivoire, said: "Thanks to this new Airbus aircraft, Air Cote d’Ivoire will also improve its operating efficiency to better meet the need for traffic growth."
"In three years, Air Cote d’Ivoire has tripled its number of passengers, and, with its new fleet, will position itself as the leader in this highly competitive region," he said.
Air Cote d'Ivoire currently flies to 23 international destinations located in West and Central Africa, and to five domestic destinations.
It already operates six Airbus aircraft (four A319s and two A320), and the new commitment follows its previous order for four aircraft placed in April.
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