Ethiopian Airlines purchases ten Diamond DA40NG
Diamond Aircraft announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Ethiopian Airlines for ten pilot training aircraft (DA40NG) and one simulator.
The aircraft will be equipped with the new Austro Engine AE300 power plant, which operates with JetA1 (kerosene) fuel. After evaluating through the Ethiopian technicians at Diamonds premises in Austria, and test flights made in Addis Ababa, this aircraft proves to be the most efficient, fuel cost saving system suitable for pilot training in the hot and high conditions of East Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mr. Girma Wake and Diamond Aircraft Industries’ CEO Mr. Christian Dries signed the agreement on July 29, 2010. The total cost of the aircraft and simulator are valued at 3.7 million Euros at list price. The aircraft will be delivered in eight months time from the date of the agreement and the first four aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in November 2010.