Flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines is set to receive two more Dash 8-400 aircraft from manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft of Canada.

The deliveries mark a milestone for the airline as it includes its 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft, designated as MSN 4617. The other aircraft is designated as MSN 4615.

The aircraft will arrive at Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines group chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam said: “This milestone 30th delivery highlights our confidence in the Dash 8-400 aircraft and is a testament to the joint success in supporting our network and strategic partnerships with several carriers across Africa.

“The Dash 8-400 aircraft continues to provide the operational flexibility, exceptional performance capability, capacity and passenger comfort we need.

“Most importantly, the Dash 8-400 aircraft supports the cost leadership strategy we rely on in our market – particularly in these unprecedented times during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Ethiopian took delivery of its first Dash 8-400 aircraft in March 2010.

In Africa, there are over 90 Dash 8-400 planes out of a fleet of more than 155 Dash 8 Series aircraft.

Around 1,300 Dash 8 aircraft have been ordered by more than 155 airlines, leasing companies and other organisations worldwide.

The fleet of Dash 8 Series aircraft are mostly used in hybrid passenger-cargo and all-cargo operations, as well as to support firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation and coastal surveillance missions.

Earlier last month, De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft achieved recertification for complying with ICAO Chapter 14 noise emission standards.