Austrian Airlines selects Bombardier Q400 to expand its 70-seat markets

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Austrian Airlines has ordered two additional Bombardier Q400 turboprop airliners to expand its 70-seat fleet in the highly competitive European marketplace.

The transaction, valued at an estimated $42.2 million U.S. ($55.4 million Cdn.), represents the conversion of two options into a firm order. Deliveries are scheduled for the first and second quarter of 2005. The carrier retains options on two Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

The aircraft will fly under the new Austrian arrows banner operated by Tyrolean Airways, a wholly owned unit of Austrian Airlines Group. The Austrian arrows fleet currently includes eight Bombardier Q400 airliners, 12 Bombardier 50-seat Q300 turboprops, 13 Bombardier 50-seat CRJ 200 regional jets and 6 Fokker 70 jets.

“The Bombardier Q400 is proving to be the ideal airplane with which to grow the Austrian Airlines presence in 70-seat markets,” said Johann Messner, managing director, Tyrolean Airways. “Our Bombardier Q400 fleet has achieved an impressive dispatch reliability of 99 per cent and is currently operating at a schedule completion rate of 99.5 per cent. The Bombardier Q400 is also the fastest of all turboprop airliners, with block times on many routes approaching those of a jet while consuming far less fuel. Thus, it is very economical to operate.”

“Austrian arrows is one of six airlines to place a follow-on order for the Bombardier Q400, joining Augsburg Airways, Flybe., SAS Commuter, Wideroe and ANA, confirming that the aircraft has demonstrated exceptional profit performance,” said Steven A. Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft.

The Bombardier Q400 order book, including 101 firm orders, as well as options and conditional orders now stands at 193 aircraft. As at October 31st, 2003, 77 Q400 aircraft had been delivered to 11 customers throughout North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

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Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Aerospace
Toronto: (416) 375-3030