The 2013 Dubai Airshow was big business for the big boys, Boeing and Airbus, but also not that bad for the smaller blokes on the block. Take Bombardier. The Canadian plane & train manufacturer put 38 new orders in the books. The majority being Q400 turboprops.
Air Côte d’Ivoire, Palma Holding Limited, Nok Air and Abu Dhabi Aviation committed themselves for a total of up to 22 Q400 NextGen turboprops. Nok Air will be the launch customer for an extra capacity seating option that will allow the Q400 NextGen aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers.
In the meantime the order portfolio for the CSeries, the promising Bombardier jet currently in its flight test phase, rose to a potential 419 aircraft, after Iraqi Airways signed a letter of intent for up to 16 CS300 aircraft.