A choice between Bombardier’s CSeries model and Brazil-based Embraer’s E-jet series will be made by the end of the year, Airlines’ CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said.

By Benjamin Katz (Bloomberg News) |

Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is evaluating an order for as many as 30 short-haul aircraft from Bombardier Inc. or Embraer SA as it seeks smaller planes to serve routes within Africa.

A choice between Bombardier’s CSeries model and Brazil-based Embraer’s E-jet series will be made by the end of the year, chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam said in an interview at the International Air Transport Association’s annual gathering in Dublin.

The aircraft, competitors in the 100-to-150-seat range, will add to the 52 of various sizes that Ethiopian already has on order.

Embraer chief commercial officer John Slatterymet with Tewolde Gebremariam for discussions at the IATA meeting, while a Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) order would further bolster the CSeries program after the Canadian company secured a Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) deal for 75 planes with a list price of $5.6 billion in April.

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest by revenue, is opening a new route to New York in June and plans growth in the U.S. and Asia, including flights to Hanoi in Vietnam and Jakarta, Indonesia, which could require additional aircraft orders, Tewolde Gebremariam said.

Source: Montreal Gazette
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