De Havilland delivers two Dash 8-400s to Ethiopian Airlines
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada on October 23 announced the delivery of another two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, including the airline’s milestone 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft. Owned by the government, Ethiopian began operations in 1946 with its home hub at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
“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,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines.
De Havilland explains the airline’s 30th aircraft – MSN 4617 – is preparing to depart for Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa, along with aircraft MSN 4615. Ethiopian first added the Dash 8-400 aircraft into its fleet in March 2010.
“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,” said Sameer Adam, Regional Vice President, Sales, Europe and Russia, Middle East, Africa, and South America/Caribbean, De Havilland.
Sameer continues to point to examples of Ethiopian’s key strategic partnerships with ASKY Airlines, Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Moçambique Airlines and Tchadia Airlines in the operation of Dash 8-400 aircraft across Africa.
The fleet of over 155 Dash 8 Series aircraft in Africa includes more than 90 Dash 8-400 aircraft. Worldwide, more than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organizations have ordered almost 1,300 Dash 8 aircraft.