OK...a few more questions here.
Does anyone have any ideas what aircraft Ethiopian Airlines would need in their fleet?
Airbus Forecasts 500 New Aircraft Needed In Africa
Addis Tribune (Addis Ababa)
February 23, 2001
By Staff Reporter
AIRBUS announced its 20-year forecast of the African Jetliner market saying the airlines in Africa will need a total of 484 passenger aircraft and 23 new factory-built freighters over the next twenty years.
"Our forecast for Africa covers the region's 23 major airlines, which currently operate a total of 273 passenger jets with almost 50,000 seats and 13 dedicated freighters, together with an additional 29 cargo carriers operating another 55 freighters," Adam Brown, AIRBUS vice president market forecasts said at a press conference in Addis Ababa.
"We believe that Ethiopian airlines, with its extensive route network, modernised fleet and well deserved high reputation, will be able to increase its share of the traffic in markets where it competes, and therefore to grow more rapidly than the average" says Brown.
An official of the Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) meanwhile said the airlines will decide on which aircraft company to deal with and whether to buy AIRBUS or BOEING aircraft in the coming three months.
The AIRBUS vice president, who was here last week to convince EAL officials on the quality of AIRBUS products said "we look forward to contributing to the future growth of Ethiopian Airlines, and consequently to the development of Addis Ababa as an increasingly important regional air transport hub."
With the opening of the new runway, Ethiopia will become an important hub for African air transport, Tore Prang, press relations officer reiterated at the press conference.
Asked about the basis of the forecast, Brown said it was driven by economic forecast by experts outside AIRBUS. AIRBUS estimates that the value of the 507 new aircraft delivered to airlines and cargo carriers in Africa during the next twenty years will be worth a total of $35 billion.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, AIRBUS was established in December 1970 and has registered an annual turnover of US $17.2 billion in 2000.