Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of eight Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by new customer Eurolot S.A. of Warsaw, Poland. The Polish carrier also holds options on an additional 12 of the aircraft.
Eurolot was represented at the handover ceremony by Bartlomiej Matusewicz, Vice President, Operations & Technical. Several Bombardier employees were also in attendance.
“This is a very important event for Eurolot as it marks the beginning of our fleet renewal and replacement program, as we accelerate our expansion with new regional routes,” said Mr. Matusewicz. “The European market is extremely competitive however, with the introduction of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, we now have a modern, technologically advanced, fuel-efficient, comfortable turboprop with significant operational flexibility and performance capabilities. Bombardier’s Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow us to cover more ground and gain more market access and we’re honoured to be the first airline to introduce the aircraft to the Polish community.”
“Bombardier is making headway in many new markets around the world and the introduction of the first Q400 NextGen aircraft to Poland speaks to our global reach and to the aircraft’s operating flexibility,” said Chet Fuller, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are proud to see our Q400 NextGen aircraft in Eurolot’s colors. With its jet-like speed, strong environmental credentials and enhanced interior, we know that the Q400 NextGen aircraft will be an excellent addition to the airline’s fleet.”
About Q400 NextGen aircraft
Optimized for short-haul operations, the “comfortably greener,” 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.
Setting new environmental standards, the Q400 NextGen aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 per cent fewer emissions on routes where it has replaced similar-capacity, older jets. The Q400 NextGen aircraft is also 15 decibels quieter than ICAO Chapter 4 noise standards; raising the bar for the entire industry. Bombardier has booked firm orders for 428 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in 30 countries on six continents. Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 177 million passengers and have logged some 3.2 million flight hours and over 3.5 million take-offs and landings.
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Notes to Editors
- Photo 1: L-R: Bartlomiej Matusewicz, Vice President, Operations & Technical, Eurolot; Simon Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Turboprop Programs and Toronto Operations, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chet Fuller, Senior Vice President, Commercia, Bombardier Commercail Aircraft, celebrate with a traditional "key" in recognition of the delivery of Eurolot's first Q400 NextGen aircraft.
- Photo 2: Employees at Bombardier's Toronto Site gather around Bartlomiej Matusewicz, Vice President, Operations & Technical, Eurolot (middle of photo; in suit and tie) during celebrations at the manufacturing facility.
- Photo 3: L-R: Bartlomiej Matusewicz, Vice President, Operations & Technical, Eurolot; Simon Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Turboprop Programs and Toronto Site, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in the cockpit of the Q400 NextGen aircraft.
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