Bombardier Aerospace and Air New Zealand today celebrated the acceptance of the first Bombardier Q300 turboprop airliner by New Zealand's national airline. The 50-seat aircraft was one of 17 ordered by Air New Zealand on October 10, 2004.
Air New Zealand holds options on an additional 10 Q300 and 13 Bombardier Q400 70-seat aircraft.
The colourful ceremony was highlighted by a group of Maori performers who welcomed the Bombardier Q300 into the Air New Zealand fleet with traditional Maori music and dancing. (Photos will be available in our website Multimedia Library at: www.aero.bombardier.com/htmen/F15.jsp).
The Bombardier Q300 aircraft will be operated by Air New Zealand's wholly owned regional airline, Air Nelson, which operates domestic services as Air New Zealand Link.
"This is a landmark day for Air New Zealand and Air Nelson," said Ralph Norris, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Air New Zealand. "The Bombardier Q300 aircraft is a sophisticated, modern aircraft offering the ideal combination of economy, efficiency, performance and passenger appeal. With its whisper quiet cabin, made possible by the superlative Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) System, the Q300 aircraft will provide our domestic passengers with a spacious and quiet environment in which to travel."
Mr. Norris was joined at the ceremony by John Palmer, Chairman of the Board of Air New Zealand and John Hambleton, General Manager of Air Nelson.
"The Bombardier Q300 aircraft is the most comfortable and cost-effective aircraft in the 50-seat class, and we are confident that Air New Zealand will see very positive results and passenger satisfaction from its Q300 aircraft operations," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.
Entry into operation of the Q300 aircraft in New Zealand will increase Bombardier's dominant market position in the Asia/Pacific region. Airlines in 13 countries in the region operate and have ordered more than 200 Bombardier regional aircraft, with more than 70 Bombardier turboprops in Australia and New Zealand alone.
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