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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)

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)

Luxair signs for 3 plus 2 Q400s

Luxair signed for three Bombardier Q400 turboprops plus an option for another two on 12 February 2015.

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $100.3 million US and could increase to $169.5 million US should Luxair exercise all its options.

Optimized for short-haul operations and capable of seating up to 86 passengers, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is a relatively fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop.

Including Luxair’s order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 537 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: Computer rendering of a Q400 in Luxair livery (Image © Bombardier)

Air Canada Express gets new Q400s

Air Canada Express, part of the Jazz Aviation LP owned by Chorus Aviation Inc, will get 13 new Bombardier Q400 NextGEn turboprop aircraft. Chorus also signed an option for an aditional 10 aircraft on 2 February 2015.

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$ 424 million, and could increase to $758 million US should Chorus exercise all its options.

Chorus and Jazz will be the launch customers and operator for the first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program that will extend the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: The Q400 NextGen in Air Canada Express livery (Image © Bombardier)