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RwandAir Places Firm Order for Dual-Class Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliner

RwandAir Places Firm Order for Dual-Class Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliner 
Airline will become 12th operator of Q400 aircraft in Africa 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/13 -- Bombardier Aerospace
and RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda announced today that RwandAir has
signed a firm purchase agreement for one Q400 NextGen turboprop
airliner. 
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the order is
valued at approximately $33 million US.  
"As demand for domestic and regional travel in Africa accelerates,
our 67-seat, dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft will ensure RwandAir is
well positioned to offer increased capacity on popular routes that
are being opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200
aircraft," said John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir. "The
Q400 NextGen turboprop is the right aircraft to develop our domestic
and regional market and to firmly support RwandAir on our path
towards growth and increased profitability. We are also complementing
our new dual-class Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets by
offering similar cabin amenities on the Q400 NextGen aircraft,
providing for a seamless passenger service between the two aircraft
models and aligning our total fleet strategy towards a unified
passenger experience. We are developing the RwandAir brand and we are
gaining momentum in the region through selection of the right
aircraft and right services for our growing market."  
"As one of our newest and fast-growing customers, RwandAir is serving
Africa's expanding domestic and international markets and we are
delighted that the carrier has yet again chosen Bombardier aircraft
to further develop its network of short- and medium-haul
destinations," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "The Q400 NextGen turboprop has proven its capability and
flexibility in many regions of the world and is operating in diverse
environments. We anticipate that it will serve RwandAir and its
customers very well."  
RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Q400 and Q400 NextGen
aircraft in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft will join more than
40 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft that are already in service with,
or have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa. 
With the transaction announced today, Bombardier has taken firm
orders for 468 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and
Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 243 million
passengers and have logged over 3.8 million flight hours and more
than 4.1 million take-offs and landings in service with more than 40
operators in over 30 countries on five continents. 
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. 
About RwandAir  
Operating from Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is
the fastest growing airline on the African continent. RwandAir's
fleet currently consists of four Boeing 737 series aircraft and one
Bombardier Dash 8-200 turboprop. Two brand new Bombardier CRJ900
NextGen regional jets arrived in November 2012. RwandAir serves
domestic destinations and many regional cities such as Nairobi,
Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro. The
airline also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and
Brazzaville. Service to Accra, Douala and Juba will start soon. The
Q400 NextGen aircraft will be replacing the Dash 8-200 aircraft.
Follow us on Twitter @RwandAir1 and website rwandair.com. 
About Bombardier  
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and
trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is
evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient,
sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles,
services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global
leader in transportation.  
Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are
traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the
Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8
billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or
follow us on Twitter @Bombardier. 
Notes to editors  
Images of Q400 NextGen aircraft in RwandAir's livery are posted with
this press release at www.bombardier.com.  
Additional information on the Q400 NextGen aircraft is available at
www.q400nextgen.com.  
Follow @Bombardier_Aero on Twitter to receive the latest news and
updates from Bombardier Aerospace. 
Bombardier, CRJ900, Dash 8, NextGen, Q400, Q-Series and The Evolution
of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Contacts:
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1-416-375-3030
marc.duchesne@aero.bombardier.com
www.bombardier.com 
Robert Nsinga
RwandAir Ltd
+(250) 78-847 8175
robert.nsinga@rwandair.com
 
 
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