Air Côte d’Ivoire Gets Third Q400 Aircraft
Air Côte d’Ivoire (HF) said it has taken delivery of its third Bombardier Q400 from the Canadian manufacturer who is expected to deliver a fourth aircraft by the end of April according to signed contract.
The latest delivery marks the first step in the process of renewal and reinforcement of the fleet of Air Côte d’Ivoire by the end of 2016, which should include nine aircraft.
It stated that negotiations were also ongoing with Airbus for the order of five new aircraft including three 3 A319s and two A320s, adding that these new aircraft, the airline would gradually replace the equipment operating in rent.
These airplanes, it added will be equipped with the latest technology and that it will offer exceptional comfort to customers.
Air Cote D’Ivoire currently has eight aircraft comprising of four Airbus A319, one Airbus A320 and three new Bombardier Q400s.
The carrier’s current capital of 25 billion CFA Francs is held by the State of Côte d’Ivoire 65 per cent, Air France 20 per cent and Golden Rod 15 per cent.
Additional recapitalisation of the airline from 25 to 65 billion CFA capital is expected and should be effective before the end of January 2016.
BOAD will also enter the capital of Air Côte d’Ivoire.
The company intends to launch another increase to more than 100 billion CFA at the end of 2016 in order to acquire substantial resources to support its development.
The airline serves 20 cities to date in West and Central Africa with frequent and direct flights on 70 per cent of its network.
After two and half years of activity, HF ranks first among the airport Felix Houphouet Boigny actors with over 40 per cent of traffic and a punctuality rate set at 85 per cent .
In 2015, the airline carried more than 600,000 passengers for a turnover of about 75 billion FCFA.