Ethiopian Airlines and ASKY Airlines First to Take Delivery

Ethiopian Airlines and ASKY Airlines First to Take Delivery of
Dual-Class Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft 
New dual-class seating configuration positions the aircraft for
premium service 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/18/12 -- Bombardier announced
today that Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline
to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners outfitted with a
dual-class configuration on the production line. The two airliners
delivered so far, have already entered service with Ethiopian
Airlines and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. The new
configuration - featuring seven business class and 60 economy seats;
fore and aft lavatories; and a galley outfitted to provide cold and
hot meals - demonstrates the flexibility of the Q400 NextGen
aircraft's passenger cabin. The new configuration has also provided
the airlines with increased cargo capacity. ASKY Airlines will
operate three of the five dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft ordered by
Ethiopian Airlines in February 2012. 
"We are very happy with this unique turboprop configuration. In
addition to the enhanced, comfortable interiors that the Q400 NextGen
turboprop are known for, adding the dual-class seating enables us to
provide the best possible service on domestic and regional routes,"
said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian
Airlines. "Now our Cloud Nine customers can enjoy a full business
class service and our connecting passengers from Ethiopian and the
Star Alliance network will benefit from a greatly improved product in
line with our continuous effort to provide a seamless travel
Mr. Gebremariam also said that the airline's original Q400 NextGen
aircraft will be retrofitted with the new interiors. 
"On the performance side, the Q400 NextGen aircraft's ability in hot
weather and high altitude conditions is extremely important to our
operations," said Mr. Gebremariam. "Overall, our experience with this
excellent aircraft in a wide range of weather and other conditions
proves that it is ideally suited for operations in Africa." 
"As a repeat Q400 aircraft customer, Ethiopian Airlines has grown to
become one of Africa's leading airlines and together with ASKY, they
are taking full advantage of the Q400 NextGen aircraft's cabin and
perational flexibility," said Raphael Haddad, Vice-president, Sales,
Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "Add in the
aircraft's high speed and low operating costs - and you have a
new-generation turboprop that can't be beat." 
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 460 Q400 and Q400 NextGen
turboprops, and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40
operators in 33 countries on six continents. These aircraft have
transported more than 243 million passengers and have logged more
than 3.8 million flight hours and over 4.1 million take-offs and
landings. Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY Airlines and nine other operators
and leasing companies in nine African countries now have more than 40
of these aircraft in service, or on firm order. 
About Q400 NextGen aircraft 
The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's
Toronto, Ontario facility, is the most recent development in the
evolution of the Q400 aircraft, and the advanced successor to
Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for
short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400
NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient
turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and
operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint. 
The Q400 airliner was designed to meet the requirements of
contemporary regional air transport, characterized by both turboprop
and jet missions. Setting new environmental standards, the Q400
aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 per
cent fewer emissions on routes where it has replaced
similar-capacity, older jets. Importantly too, the Q400 turboprop's
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), located in the tail of the aircraft,
vents its exhaust and noise upward, resulting in a better operating
environment for ground crews. Overall, the Q400 aircraft is 15
decibels quieter than ICAO Chapter 4 noise standards; raising the bar
for the entire industry. The Q400 aircraft is also participating in
biofuel test programs that could make a significant contribution in
reducing aviation's carbon footprint.  
Utilizing its maximum cruise speed of 360 knots, the Q400 airliner is
able to fly on demand-driven interchangeable schedules with jets.
However, the Q400 aircraft can slow down to achieve fuel parity with
other turboprops on a per-seat basis, while still maintaining both
speed and cost advantages. 
The Q400 aircraft's high rate of climb, single-engine service
ceiling, higher take-off weight (thus greater payload) and
jetway-compatible front airstair passenger door are important factors
that contribute to its operational flexibility. In addition, the Q400
aircraft is the only turboprop approved for single-engine approaches
in Cat. IIIa weather conditions when equipped with a Head-up Guidance
System. The Q400 aircraft is also the only turboprop currently
meeting Required Navigation Performance (RNP) standards, which is
advantageous when operating in mountainous regions and confined
The Q400 NextGen aircraft features an enhanced cabin environment with
the introduction of LED lighting, new ceiling panels, dished window
sidewalls and larger overhead luggage bins. These features, combined
with the aircraft's Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS)
system, which offers the quietest, most vibration-free cabin of any
turboprop airliner, provide an excellent experience for passengers. 
Q400 aircraft are proving their high value by operating in diverse
environments - arid environments in Northern Africa and the Middle
East; humid environments in sub-Saharan Africa and Western North
America; and the cold weather conditions in Canada and Eastern
In recent months, the Q400 NextGen aircraft has been certificated in
Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as
in Mongolia. Recent orders have been received from Chorus Aviation
(Jazz Air) and WestJet in Canada, and Eurolot in Poland. 
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