Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Caps Off Successful Year for its Q400 and Q400
NextGen Aircraft Program
- Recorded orders and options for up to 81 Q400 NextGen aircraft
- Q400 NextGen aircraft with new dual-class configuration entered
- Approval awarded for Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft to operate in
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that its Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program
wrapped up a successful year in 2012 with up to $2.7 billion US in
orders including 50 firm orders and 31 option aircraft, while
welcoming seven new customers, operators and leasing companies.
"In 2012, the Q400 NextGen aircraft order book grew significantly
with orders from first-time customers - WestJet and Eurolot - as well
as from repeat customers looking to enhance their fleets with the
only turboprop that accommodates more passengers and route
possibilities," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "The Q400 aircraft spread further into secondary markets
and, together with the Q400 NextGen aircraft, brought new customers,
operators and leasing companies from almost every continent into the
Bombardier turboprop family. This demonstrates the flexibility and
performance capability of the aircraft.
"For airlines seeking high productivity and profitability on a
diversity of routes, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are unbeatable.
With up to 10 more seats, up to 35 per cent more cargo volume and
with their jet-like speed, the aircraft can fly up to 18 per cent
more flights per day than a competing turboprop. That's approximately
30 per cent more revenue potential," added Mr. Arcamone.
Russia and CIS Type Approval and Mongolia Type Acceptance
In June 2012, the Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft became the largest
Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for
operation in Russia and the CIS. Mongolia in central Asia granted the
aircraft type acceptance certification in the region in May 2012. A
few weeks later, EZnis Airways began operating its first Q400
aircraft showcasing the aircraft's performance on gravel runways and
in cold weather, as well as its ample cargo and baggage compartments
for supporting mining charters and equipment.
al-class Q400 NextGen Aircraft
In September 2012, Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines became the
first airline to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners
outfitted with a dual-class configuration on Bombardier's production
line. The five airliners that were ordered have been delivered and
have 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
Q400 Smart Parts Program
Currently, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft operators spanning the
globe, including Japan Air Commuter, India's SpiceJet, Eurolot of
Poland, Luxembourg's Luxair, as well as Republic Airlines and the
Department of Justice in the U.S., have selected the increasingly
popular Q400 Smart Parts program. The pioneering Smart Parts program
has been providing cost protection and budget predictability for
Bombardier's business aircraft customers for more than 25 years.
There are currently approximately 1,200 Bombardier business aircraft
enrolled, covering over 80,000 components. Bombardier introduced the
Smart Parts program for the Q400 aircraft in March 2008.
About Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft
Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners are the advanced successors
to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for
short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400
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.
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 463 Q400 and Q400 NextGen
turboprops, and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40
operators in over 30 countries, on five 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
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