Yakutia Airlines First to Operate Bombardier Q400 Aircraft in Russia

Yakutia Airlines First to Operate Bombardier Q400 Aircraft in Russia 
Will fly three Q400 aircraft in Russia and the Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS) 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
today welcomed Yakutia Airlines to the growing family of Bombardier
Q400 aircraft operators. Yakutia Airlines, a domestic passenger
carrier based in the northeast region of Russia, will fly three Q400
aircraft, with the first one having arrived this week at Yakutsk
Yakutia Airline's new status as a Q400 aircraft operator follows the
type approval that was awarded in June 2012 by the Interstate
Aviation Committee (IAC) - commonly known by its Russian acronym,
MAK. The Q400 aircraft is the largest Western-built turboprop
aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in Russia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  
"This marks a wonderful achievement and milestone for the Q400
aircraft program. We're proud to welcome yet another new operator to
the family - Yakutia Airlines as the first Russian-based operator,"
said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The
Q400 aircraft is tailor-made for Yakutia Airline's diverse route
network that provides regional airline service to one of the largest
territories in the world," said Mr. Arcamone.  
"The powerful, yet fuel-efficient Q400 turboprop was selected for
Yakutia's operations because of its high speed, which will allow us
to cover long sectors; its ability to operate on unpaved runways; and
importantly - its capability in the difficult conditions that
northeast Russia presents, including high winds and extreme cold in
the winter," noted Ivan Prostit, General Director of Yakutia
Airlines. "We expect that the combination of passenger comfort and
low operating cost offered by the Q400 aircraft will allow us to
optimise our regional operations."  
Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A
engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667
km/h), the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb to turbulence-free
altitudes, and can also provide fast access to the remote airports of
the Siberian region of the Russian Federation.  
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 4.1million take-offs and
About Q400 aircraft  
Q400 turboprop airliners are the most recent development in
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.  
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. The Q400 aircraft's maximum cruise
speed of 360 knots lets the aircraft 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.  
About Yakutia Airlines 
The open joint stock company, Yakutia Airlines was created on July
30, 2002. In January, 2003 Yakutia performed its first flight on the
Yakutsk - Moscow - Yakutsk route under its own "YAK" code.  
Yakutia is an aviation market leader and is achieving stable growth
in key operational performance indicators; in 2012 the airline
carried 1,145,630 passengers.  
The airline's fleet comprises a total of over 30 aircraft and it
operates with hubs in the cities of Yakutsk, Moscow (Vnukovo) and
Krasnodar. Its network includes routes in the Republic of Sakha
(Yakutia), other regions in Russia and international flights. In the
territory of the Far East federal district, Yakutia operates flights
in eight of nine sub-districts, allowing passengers to make
point-to-point connections within the region. 
Representative offices of Yakutia are located in more than in 30
cities in Russia and abroad. (www.yakutia.aero). 
About Bombardier 
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evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient,
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Notes to editors 
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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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