Ethiopian Airlines have taken delivery of yet another De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft on Saturday, 11 September, increasing it fleet to a grand total of 32 aircraft.
With this delivery, the aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced on 14 September that it wishes Ethiopian Airlines and its strategic partners ongoing success as they continue to increase connectivity across Africa.
The De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft is considered the world’s cost-effective turboprop, offering the same per trip cost as other 76 seat turboprops but can fit 90 seats instead.
Along with it’s ability to land and take off from air strips, and with its range of 2000 kilometres, the Dash 8-400 aircraft quick turnaround time makes it ideal for regional carriers.
With 32 aircraft in it’s inventory, the Ethiopian Airlines presently owns one of the largest Dash 8-400 fleet across Africa and the Middle East supporting its growing network. The first of the type was acquired in March 2010, and its 30th and 31st Dash 8-400 aircraft with registration numbers ET-AXY and ET-AXZ arrived earlier this year.
At the time, Ethiopian Airlines group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said the Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to provide the operational flexibility, exceptional performance capability, capacity, and passenger comfort we need.
Since then, Ethiopian Airlines has acquired two Dash 8-400 simulators to improve its capacity, the first of the type in Africa.