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FEBRUARY 27, 2014
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 - Feb. 27, 2014) - 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. Nyirubutama.
"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
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
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.
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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 www.bombardier.com.
Additional information on the Q400 NextGen aircraft is available at
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