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Ethiopian Airlines to carry out maintenance works for Bombardier

The agreement between Bombardier and Ethiopian Airlines will take effect from August 2013. (Image source: Aero Icarus/Flickr)

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace has made Ethiopian Airlines an authorised service facility that will service Bombardiers Q400 and Q400 NextGen turobprop aircrafts

Bombardier has recently signed a letter of intent to authorise the airline to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop aircrafts. The agreement is expected to take effect by late August of this year.

Ethiopia already has aircraft, engine and component overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, with 750 licensed technicians and support staff. It will now join Bombardier’s network of more than 60 authorised service facilities and line maintenance facilities in 25 countries around the world.

Bombardier Aerospace specialised and amphibious aircraft customer services president Éric Martel said, “This agreement with Ethiopian Airlines will provide the growing number of Bombardier operators in this region with more options for maintenance support closer to their base of operations.

“We are enthusiastic about the many new opportunities for commercial aviation in Africa and through sustained investment and focus, we will expand our support services on the continent at an accelerated pace.”

The announcement has come right after Bombardier announced a new regional support office and parts depot at Lanseria airport in Johannesburg.