Air Burkina, the flag carrier of Burkina Faso is in talks to acquire new Airbus A220 aircraft.
According to a Facebook post from the country’s ministry of transport, a high-level delegation from Airbus led by commercial Vice President for Africa, Hadi Akoum, met transport minister Vincent Dabilgou on the 21st of January in the capital Ouagadougou.
Formed in 1967 and indeed one of Africa’s oldest existing airlines, Air Burkina was last year given a lifeline by American firm, African Global Development as a result of covid19 related struggles. It’s is this new partnership that is propelling the airline to a renewed sense of ambition.
Operating with a 5 aircraft all Embraer fleet, Air Burkina has until now been exclusively serving the West African region but that is set to change as the flag carrier eyes the European market.
Despite the global pandemic and consequent slump in air travel, a large number of African governments have recently moved to expand or revive their airlines.