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Qazaq Air started Q400 operations

The Bombardier Q400 club has a new member. Qazaq Air is now in its second week of operations with the Canadian made turboprop aircraft. Flying out of Astana, Kazakhstan, the airline uses three Q400s leased from the Abu Dhabi based Falcon Aviation Services leasing company.

Many of the 12 – all domestic – routes operated by the new aircraft are not served by any other carrier. “We will be connecting people and helping them benefit from the growth of the Kazakh economy,” project director Mr. Pollock of the airlines mother company Samruk Kazyna said.

The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries worldwide and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 6 million flight hours. The aircraft has transported more than 370 million passengers worldwide.

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 546 Q400 aircraft.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: The Q400 NextGen turboprop of Qazaq Air (Image © Bombardier)

Bombardier delivered its 500th Q400

A celebration week for Bombardier. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer delivered its 500th Q400 (fka Dash 8) turboprop aircraft, to WestJet Encore.

The Calgary-based airliner has ordered 36 of the Q400s, and currently operates 21 planes. During a special ceremony held at Bombardier’s 1.7 million square-foot Toronto facility, where the Q400 aircraft is manufactured, more than 500 WestJetters, Bombardier employees and special guests from the federal and provincial governments were in attendance to celebrate the handover activities of the 500th aircraft.

WestJet Encore launched service in June 2013 operating 10 departures daily to two destinations with two Q400 aircraft and 131 employees. Today, it services 24 cities in seven provinces with 114 daily departures with 21 Q400 aircraft and approximately 500 employees. The airline recently launched Edmonton-Kamloops, Toronto-Québec City, and Toronto-Fredericton services. In July, it will launch Halifax-Sydney service.

Designed as a 21st-century turboprop the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Dash 8-Q Series family of aircraft. While it’s nimble enough for a steep approach, the Q400 aircraft is also tough enough to land on unpaved run­ways. It’s a certified performer at high altitude airports too, like that of La Paz, Bolivia, one of the world’s highest.

Compared to similar jet planes the Q400 uses up to 30 percent less fuel. Still, it has a relatively high-speed cruise for a propeller aircraft: 360 knots (414 mph or 667 km/h).

The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries worldwide and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 6 million flight hours. The aircraft has transported more than 370 million passengers worldwide. Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 546 Q400 aircraft.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: The Bombardier Q400 NextGen in WestJet Encore livery (Image © Bombardier)

Air Côte d’Ivoire turns two Q400s into reality

Air Côte d’Ivoire has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. The deal was made on 13 April 2015, manufacturer Bombardier announced.

The two Q400 options were acquired under a contract announced on 18 December 2013, together with a firm order for two Q400s. The national flag carrier of the Ivory Coast seems very happy with those two aircraft, both delivered in 2014, that it now has turned the two options into a real deal.

Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen turboprop, the firm order is valued at approximately $69 million US.

Air Côte d’Ivoire started operations in November 2012 and serves 22 destinations in West and Central Africa, including three new destinations in Côte d’Ivoire that were added in November 2014 . The airline transported 400,000 passengers in 2014 and its objective is to carry 600,000 in 2015. The airline is owned in part by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire (65 per cent), Air France (20 per cent) and private investor Goldenrod Investissement (15 per cent).

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: Computer rendiering of the Bombardier Q400 in Air Côte d’Ivoire (Image © Bombardier)

Jambojet new Q400 operator

Kenya-based Jambojet is the newest operator of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop. The airline has chartered the aircraft from DAC Aviation, to use it to fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda on the coast of the African country.

Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airlines, has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 aircraft worldwide. The airline is the second new operator to have adopted the Q400 aircraft in Africa in 2015, and has become the 19th member of the family on the continent.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: The Bombardier Q400NG (Image © Bombardier)

RwandAir increases Q400 NextGen fleet

RwandAir is increasing its fleet. On behalf of the Kigali, Rwanda, based airline leasing company Palma Holding has signed a purchase agreement for a Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft last week.

“Our first dual-class, 67-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft has been performing extremely well and has fully met our expectations,” says John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir. “It nicely complements our dual-class CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.”

RwandAir currently operates two dual-class Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, and with the lease of the aircraft announced today, is adding a second Q400.

Optimized for short-haul operations and capable of seating up to 86 passengers, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is a relatively fast and fuel-efficient aircraft. It has a long-range cruising speed of 287 knots (330 mph or 532 km/h) and a service ceiling of 27,000 feet. But it can even speed up to a cruise speed of 360 knots (414 mph or 667 km/h) making it one of the faster turboprops and an an alternative choice for commercial jet aircraft.

The Q400 is based on the De Havilland Dash 8. Entering service in 2000 the original Q400 already had a 60 to 90 knots higher cruise speed than the average turboprop, with more powerfull engine. The NextGen version has a new cabin interior, more modern lighting, adjusted windows, overhead bins, an improved landing gear and is more economic to use with lower fuel and maintenance costs.

Including Palma’s newest order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 538 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 355 million passengers and have logged over 5.7 million flight hours and more than 6.1 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes some 50 owners and operators in over 40 countries on six continents.

RwandAir flies to 18 cities in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and the Middle East. RwandAir also plans to expand its services to Europe and Asia in 2016.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: Computer rendering of the Q400 NextGen in RwandAir livery (Image © Bombardier)