Air Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast’s Abidjan-based flagship carrier, has taken delivery of their first Airbus A320neo, becoming the first operator of the type in Western Africa. The new aircraft joins the carrier’s existing fleet of six Airbus aircraft.
On Thursday (February 18, 2021), Airbus announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast’s Abidjan-based flagship carrier, has received their first Airbus A320neo, becoming the first West African region operator of the type. The new aircraft joins the airline’s existing fleet of six Airbus aircraft and will be deployed on Air Côte d’Ivoire’s regional network serving Senegal, Gabon and Cameroon, with further destinations such as South Africa planned. The new A320neo is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines and is configured in a two-class layout with 16 Business and 132 Economy Class seats and features high-speed internet connectivity and the latest generation inflight entertainment (IFE) system.
Air Côte d’Ivoire’s first A320neo departed Toulouse with one ton of humanitarian goods including medical equipment and toys. The humanitarian aide is part of the carrier’s corporate social responsibility initiative and was achieved in partnership with Aviation sans Frontières and the Airbus Foundation. The goods will be distributed by local NGOs in Abidjan, supporting the country’s health and education sector. Air Côte d’Ivoire has a fleet of ten aircraft, including three Airbus A319s and three A320s, and the carrier serves 25 domestic and regional destinations in West and Central Africa.
The Airbus A320neo incorporates the latest technologies including new generation engines, sharklets and aerodynamics, which combine to deliver a 20 percent reduction in fuel burn as well as reduced CO2 emissions. The A320neo Family has received 7,450 orders from nearly 120 global customers.