Hawaii Island Air has placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners on 31 March 2014, and has taken options on another four of these aircraft. On the same day Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air converted two previously booked Q400 NextGen options to firm orders.
The Island Air Q400s will be delivered with a dual-class, 71-seat configuration. Bombardier cashes US$ 60.9 million on the deal, which could increase to US$ 188 million if Island Air exercises all options. Island Air currently offers flights to and from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Kauai. The islands of Hawaii are known as one of the world’s surfers paradises.
The Nok Air Q400 NextGen conversions of two options into firm orders follows a contract announced in November 2013. It holds another four purchase rights and two earlier firm orders.
Nok Air will be the launch customer for the new extra capacity seating option of the Q400 NextGen turboprop that will allow the aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers. The Nok Air order is valued at US$ 64 million.