Bombardier Delivers Dual-Class Q400 NextGen Airliner to RwandAir

Bombardier Delivers Dual-Class Q400 NextGen Airliner to RwandAir 
Number of airlines and other operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen
aircraft in Africa has grown to 15 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/14 -- Bombardier Aerospace
and RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda today celebrated the delivery of a
dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner to the African airline.
RwandAir's order for the aircraft was announced on April 22, 2013. 
Jean Paul Nyirubutama, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir,
accepted the aircraft during a delivery ceremony at Bombardier's
Toronto site where the Q400 NextGen aircraft is manufactured. The
ceremony was attended by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft executives
and many of the employees involved in the production of the aircraft. 
"We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of this superb
dual-class, 67-seat aircraft," said Mr. Nyirubutama. "By offering
similar cabin amenities on the Q400 NextGen aircraft and on our
recently acquired dual-class Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets,
the two complementary aircraft types will provide seamless passenger
service, permitting us to align our total fleet strategy towards a
unified passenger experience. 
"The Q400 NextGen aircraft will position us well to offer increased
capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with
our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft and is the right aircraft
to develop our growing domestic and regional markets. The Q400
NextGen aircraft's modern cabin and superior performance will also
help us build new markets where regional air service today is served
by older-generation jets. The aircraft will firmly support RwandAir
on our path towards growth and increased profitability," added Mr.
"The Q400 NextGen turboprop has proven its capability, flexibility
and ruggedness in many regions of the world and is operating with
distinction in diverse environments. We are confident that it will
serve RwandAir and its customers very well," said Mike Arcamone,
President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "As one of our newest and
fast-growing customers, RwandAir is serving Africa's expanding
domestic and international markets and we are delighted that another
Bombardier aircraft will be used to further develop the airline's
network of short- and medium-haul destinations." 
RwandAir is now one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft
in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft joins more than 55 Q400 and
Q400 NextGen aircraft that are already in service, or ordered for
operation, in 12 countries in Africa. RwandAir is also now the fourth
airline operating the dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft among the five
customers that have ordered this configuration to date. 
About Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft 
Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops are the advanced successors to
Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for
short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener" Q400 and Q400
NextGen aircraft are large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprops
that provide an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating
economics with a reduced environmental footprint. 
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 486 Q400 and Q400
NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have
transported more than 295 million passengers and have logged over 4.7
million flight hours and more than 5 million take-offs and landings.
The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes over 50 customers
and operators in over 30 countries on five continents. 
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.
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Notes to editors 
Images of Q400 NextGen aircraft in RwandAir's livery and photos from
today's event are posted with this press release at  
Additional information on the Q400 NextGen aircraft is available at  
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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Anna Fye
RwandAir Ltd
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