US: Ivorian national airline orders 4 new Airbus A320 series

New York, US (PANA) - Ivorian national airline, Air Cote d’Ivoire, has signed a purchase
agreement with one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus Group, for the supply of two A320neo and two A320 aircraft.

A statement from the France-based Airbus on Friday, obtained by PANA in New York, said that the order by Air Cote d'Ivoire makes it the first African airline to order the A320neo.

The A320neo family is a new series of aircraft developed by Airbus, with the suffix "neo" meaning "new engine option", with 20 per cent fuel savings, two tonnes more payload, up to 500 nautical miles additional range, lower operating costs and reductions in engine noise and emissions.

Airbus said that Air Cote d'Ivoire's first purchase agreement also makes the airline a new customer, noting that the Ivorian national carrier selected the A320 family for its wider cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency.

It also said the airline has selected CFM engines for their A320 fleet.

It said that "the new aircraft will feature a two-class cabin layout, and they will fit seamlessly into the airline’s current fleet, thanks to Airbus’ fleet commonality, and best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft."

The statement quoted Air Cote d'Ivoire Chairman, Gen. Abdoulaye Coulibaly, as saying: "With these new aircraft we will position Air Cote d'Ivoire as a flagship airline in the West African region by offering its passengers the best on-board services."

He also said that "Air Cote d’Ivoire will also improve its punctuality and reliability, thanks to these latest-generation Airbus aircraft."

On his part, Mr. John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, said: "This new order will strengthen the airline’s network that reaches today 23 international routes throughout West and Central Africa and five domestic destinations in Cote d'Ivoire."

"We are also very pleased to welcome Air Cote d’Ivoire as our first customer for the A320neo in Africa.

"Our A320neo and A320 will offer Air Cote d’Ivoire the lowest operational costs and the highest seat comfort and widest cabins for its passengers. This order will play a key role in the development of Air Cote d’Ivoire with new routes to West and Central Africa," Mr. Leahy noted.

The statement disclosed that Air Cote d’Ivoire currently operates five Airbus aircraft on lease, comprising four A319s and one A320.
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06 may 2016 15:17:19

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