New horizons at Aviation Africa Summit 2018
At Airbus we are very proud to have sponsored and attended the recent Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition held in Cairo on 17th & 18th April. The event hosted over 980 attendees representing 56 countries and 42 airlines.
Africa has always been an important market for Airbus, right from our first-ever aircraft programme the A300, and it will continue to be a key market going forward. Today, there are more than 240 Airbus aircraft flying in Africa with more than 30 operators and there are more than 50 aircraft still to be delivered. We see immense potential for the growth and expansion of aviation in Africa and over the next 20 years we predict the need for 1,055 new passenger and freight aircraft to meet the growing demand.
Having the Aviation Africa Summit in Cairo was a fitting tribute to Egyptair, one of the continents strongest airlines and indeed the continent’s oldest airline having now 86 years of operation. Airbus has enjoyed a long and good partnership with Egyptair and we are delighted that Egyptair has chosen the A320neo family for its future single-aisle operations. We are equally pleased that Nile Air has also chosen the A320neo Family to expand its operations in the region.
The first A330neo, the most efficient entry-level wide-body in the market, will enter service next year with Air Senegal and our all-new A350 XWB is already flying with Ethiopian Airlines and Air Mauritius. We look forward to seeing the A320neo, A330neo and A350 XWB fleets expand in Africa in the coming years.
We very much look forward to continuing our partnerships with the airlines in Africa and to continue to actively participate in the continent’s growing aviation industry.
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Marketing Manager - Airbus Africa & Middle East