Air Côte D’Ivoire, the national airline of Ivory Coast, has signed a firm order for two Airbus A320neos and two A320s.
The agreement makes Air Côte D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo.
Air Côte D’Ivoire first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes the Ivory Coast carrier a new customer for the manufacturer.
The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines for its newly ordered A320s and CFM LEAP-1A engines for its A320neos.
At present Air Côte D’Ivoire operates five leased Airbus aircraft, four A319s and an A320.
Each of the Abidjan-based carrier’s new A320-family jets will have a two-class cabin layout.
“With these new aircraft Air Côte d’Ivoire will position itself as a flagship airline in the region by offering its passengers the best on-board services,” says General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman of the Air Côte D’Ivoire board.
“Air Côte d’Ivoire will also improve its punctuality and reliability thanks to these latest-generation Airbus aircraft,” adds Coulibaly.
Today, Air Côte d’Ivoire’s route network encompasses 23 international routes throughout West and Central Africa and five domestic destinations in Ivory Coast.