First Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliner Headed to SATA Air Açores of the Azores, Portugal

Bombardier employees and guests from the Azores today celebrated the upcoming delivery of the first Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner to Grupo SATA of the Azores, Portugal. The aircraft is the first of four firm orders for SATA Air Açores, a Grupo SATA regional airline, and will be used to link the nine islands of the Azores as well as Madeira and the Canary Islands.

The ceremony for the 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft was also attended by approximately 20 journalists from Portugal and the Toronto area.

“The Q400 NextGen aircraft are replacing older technology, less fuel-efficient aircraft that have been in service for a number of years,” said António Gomes de Menezes, Chairman, Grupo SATA when the order was announced on March 31, 2008. “The Bombardier Q400 NextGen airliner meets all of our requirements for increased passenger and cargo capacity, cabin comfort, lower fuel consumption and improved environmental compatability.”

“It is a pleasure to hand over a Q400 NextGen airliner to yet another operator,” said Kevin Smith, Senior Vice President Sales (Interim), Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “SATA Air Açores joins 30 airlines and other operators that already have the aircraft in service. With more than 2 million hours and 2.2 million cycles logged, the worldwide fleet of Q400 aircraft is demonstrating that the fast, fuel-efficient, lower-emission turboprop is the airliner of choice for short-haul operations.”

As of October 31, 2009 Bombardier had delivered 942 Q-Series turboprops, including 271 Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners.

About SATA
Grupo SATA has continued to grow over recent years. With more than sixty years of experience in passenger and cargo air travel, SATA now provides a more modern and functional organizational structure, adapted to the challenges of an extremely demanding and competitive sector. The Grupo SATA fleet is divided between its two air transport companies, SATA Air Açores and SATA Internacional, which operate flights to the mainland and islands, Europe, the United States and Canada, with a combined network of flights including more than 50 destinations. Grupo SATA's five companies are involved in air transport, tourism promotion, airfield management and ground-handling services for all airlines landing on Azorean soil.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Bombardier, NextGen, Q400 and Q-Series are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Notes to Editors

  • Photo 1: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft executives, Kevin Smith, Senior Vice President Sales (Interim) (left) and Simon Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Toronto Site and Turboprops (right) present Antonio Gomes de Menezes, Chairman, Grupo SATA with the ceremonial key to commemorate SATA's first Q400 NextGen airliner.
  • Photo 2: Q400 NextGen Aircraft.
  • More photos: visit the Q400 NextGen Aircraft section of our Multimedia Library.

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