Ethiopian Airlines said it has received two Dash 8-400 aircraft from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”).
The aircraft – MSN 4617 – is preparing to depart for Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa, along with aircraft MSN 4615.
Ethiopian first welcomed the Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010.
Ato Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, said: “This milestone 30th delivery highlights our confidence in the Dash 8-400 aircraft and is a testament to the joint success in supporting our network and strategic partnerships with several carriers across Africa. The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to provide the operational flexibility, exceptional performance capability, capacity and passenger comfort we need.”
Most importantly, the Dash 8-400 aircraft supports the cost leadership strategy we rely on in our market – particularly in these unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. GebreMariam added.
Sameer Adam, Regional Vice President, Sales – Europe and Russia, Middle East, Africa, and South America/Caribbean, said: “We congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on continuing a phenomenal growth trajectory and increasing connectivity within Africa. Ethiopian has taken tremendous positive steps to strengthen their capabilities with the acquisition of the first Dash 8-400 simulator for Africa and by recently adding a second simulator; achieving recognition as an Authorized Service Facility; and proving the value of a business class configuration on regional aircraft in Africa.”
We certainly look forward to more examples of Ethiopian’s continuing leadership and the success of their ongoing strategic partnerships with ASKY Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Moçambique Airlines and Tchadia Airlines in the operation of Dash 8-400 aircraft across Africa,” Mr. Adam concluded.