Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s national airline based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet. Air Côte d’Ivoire already distinguished itself in the spring by becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo.
As many as two dozen people have been killed in Grand Bassam, a coastal city in Côte d’Ivoire. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the attacks, with centred on three hotels in the Grand Bassam beach resort area. Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara confirmed two special forces soldiers died during the assault, along with as many as 22 tourists.
Officials at the British Foreign Office have continued to warn against “all travel” to Cote d’Ivoire as the endgame in the disputed presidential elections approaches. Three generals loyal to Ivory Coast’s besieged president Laurent Gbagbo are reportedly negotiating terms for his surrender in return for guarantees of safety for him and themselves.