Ethiopian Airlines has signed an eight-year sale and leaseback agreement with TrueNoord for two further new Dash 8-400 aircraft.
Manufactured by De Havilland of Canada, the new Dash 8-400 aircraft (MSN4626 and MSN4628) will be integrated into the fleet for immediate operation. Funding for the aircraft was provided by TrueNoord’s revolving warehouse facility underwritten by Citibank, Société Générale and Royal Bank of Canada. Milbank represented TrueNoord and Clifford Chance represented the lenders on the financing.
Maarten Grift, TrueNoord’s Sales Manager for Africa, Middle East, and CIS observes that Ethiopian Airlines’ growing portfolio will further underpin their strong reputation for quality services and innovation. “TrueNoord is pleased to be chosen to support their regional connectivity with the versatile and economical Dash 8-400 aircraft. Increased capacity will enable Ethiopian to boost services domestically and broaden the choice of routes across neighbouring East African countries.” he added.
Mr Mesfin Tasew, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines explains that “The airline is expanding with an important remit to explore new technologies alongside environmental matters and economic solutions. The organisation is committed to a sustainable future for regional aviation and being prepared to meet new demands.” He added “Our growing relationship with TrueNoord is founded upon their ability to provide practical and timely lease options that support our evolving business model. We have continued to use the Dash 8-400 model because it is the ideal aircraft to serve our large domestic and regional network.”
“We are pleased that TrueNoord is investing in the Dash 8-400 aircraft for its portfolio – reinforcing De Havilland Canada’s reputation for building aircraft with long-term value retention for both operators and owners,” said Philippe Poutissou, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, De Havilland Canada. “Sale and leaseback transactions, such as the one announced today between TrueNoord and Ethiopian Airlines, are providing increasingly valuable support to our operators as they work to deliver efficient air transport around the world.”
“As we work together in an industry that is coping with sudden change and disruption, it is essential for TrueNoord to support our lessees globally,” says Anne-Bart Tieleman, CEO – TrueNoord. “We were delighted that Ethiopian Airlines was our first lessee in Africa and that our portfolio of Dash 8-400 aircraft has grown to three in six months.”