(Agence Ecofin) – The national airline of Côte d’Ivoire is in a dynamic expansion of its activities, including the upcoming opening of long-haul flights. It has since ordered five (5) Airbus planes, two of which have been delivered. The delivery of the third A320 neo model, scheduled for last October, and postponed due to Covid-19, should finally be effective on February 18.
The long-awaited delivery of the new Airbus A320 aircraft, ordered by Air côte d’ivoire, should take place next Thursday. This is what emerges from information posted on social networks by the carrier, confirming that the new aircraft will join its fleet on February 18.
“After a delivery delayed for reasons beyond our control, the actual delivery of our new Airbus A320 neo will take place on February 18, 2021 in Toulouse. It will immediately be transported to Abidjan where it will arrive at 4 p.m. GMT the same day.”, Communicated the Ivorian company.
The aircraft, personalized with the colors of the Ivorian flag, was seen last Saturday at Toulouse airport in full test flight.
The order placed in July 2017, which is in line with the carrier’s fleet renewal policy, involved a total of five (5) Airbuses. The first deliveries were made in July, then in October of the same year and concerned A320s. The A320 neo model, the company’s very first, was due to join the carrier’s real assets since last October, but delivery has been postponed due to Covid-19.
Once delivered, the aircraft is expected to be ” immediately conveyed »To Félix Houphouët Boigny airport in Abidjan, the company’s base. It will be operated from April to serve the new Abidjan-Johannesburg air route, listed among its extension projects. But the plane, registered TU-TSX, will first perform trips on existing routes while waiting for the April deadline.
The A320 neo is a single-aisle equipped with CFM Leap-1A engines, capable of accommodating 12 passengers in Business class and 138 in Economy.