Jazz propels Bombardier's Q400 Smart Parts program to new heights

  • Canadian carrier signs long-term Q400 Smart Parts agreement for 15 Q400 NextGen turboprops to help boost dispatch reliability and cost predictability
  • Bombardier’s Q400 Smart Parts program continues unprecedented momentum with enrolment of aircraft almost quadrupling over the last 10 months

Aerospace announced today that Canadian carrier Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) of Halifax, Nova Scotia is the latest airline to enroll in its Q400 Smart Parts cost protection program. In the past few months alone, five prominent airlines worldwide have signed customized long-term Smart Parts agreements for their Q400 aircraft fleet.

Smart Parts provides a broad spectrum of options to help airlines manage their operational and parts maintenance costs. The nine-year agreement with Jazz is tailored to the airline’s need for convenient access to parts and cost efficient inventory management for its fleet of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, from entry-into-service through to 2020.

“This Smart Parts agreement further strengthens the strong and productive relationship that has existed between Jazz and Bombardier over many years,” said Gary Martin, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Service Programs, Customer Services, Bombardier Aerospace. “Today, more than ever, airlines need full control over their operational budgets. No one is better positioned than Bombardier to help ensure their Q400 NextGenfleet operates with the highest level of reliability and the lowest lifecycle costs.”

Jazz, which flies Bombardier aircraft exclusively and is the world’s largest operator of Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft, accepted Bombardier’s milestone 400th Q400 aircraft in June 2012. The carrier’s current fleet includes 80 Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and 51 CRJ Series regional jets. Jazz is the second largest airline in Canada in terms of fleet size and number of routes flown and forms an integral part of Air Canada’s domestic and Canada-U.S. transborder market presence and strategy.

“The Smart Parts program gives us a leg up by allowing us to introduce a new aircraft type to our fleet without the typical capital outlay for spare parts inventory acquisition and warehousing,” said Richard Steer, Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering, Jazz Aviation LP. “With Smart Parts, we can count on inventory being available when and where we need it, plus we will be able to predict our component maintenance costs per flight hour over the next nine years. That’s a winning proposition for Jazz and its customers.”

Currently, Q400 aircraft operators spanning the globe, including India’s SpiceJet, Eurolot of Poland, Luxembourg’s Luxair, Republic Airlines and the Department of Justice of the U.S., and Japan Air Commuter have selected the increasingly popular Q400 Smart Parts program. The pioneering Smart Parts program has been providing cost protection and budget predictability for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers for more than 25 years. There are currently approximately 1,200 Bombardier business aircraft enrolled, covering over 80,000 components. Bombardier introduced the Smart Parts program for its Q400 aircraft in March 2008.

About Q400 NextGen aircraft
The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier’s Toronto, Ontario facility, is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft, and the advanced successor to Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-Series family of 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.

The Q400 airliner was designed to meet the requirements of contemporary regional air transport, characterized by both turboprop and jet missions. Setting new environmental standards, the Q400 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 aircraft’s maximum cruise speed of 360 knots lets the aircraft fly on demand-driven interchangeable schedules with jets. However, the Q400 aircraft can slow down to achieve fuel parity with other turboprops on a per-seat basis, while still maintaining both speed and cost advantages.

The Q400 NextGen aircraft features an enhanced cabin environment with the introduction of LED lighting, new ceiling panels, dished window sidewalls and larger overhead luggage bins. These features, combined with the aircraft’s Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system, provide an excellent cabin experience for passengers.

Bombardier has booked firm orders for 434 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.

About Jazz Aviation LP
Jazz flies to more Canadian destinations than any other carrier, and is the second largest airline in Canada in terms of fleet size and number of routes flown. Jazz is the world’s largest operator of Dash 8 aircraft, and forms an integral part of Air Canada’s domestic and Canada-U.S. transborder market presence and strategy. The airline currently operates 51 Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets and 80 Dash 8 turboprops.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors

  • Photo: From left to right:  Gary Martin, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Service Programs, Bombardier Customer Services; Eric Martel, President, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft; Richard Steer, Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering, Jazz Aviation LP; Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services & Support, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
  • Follow @Bombardier_Aero on Twitter to receive the latest news and updates from Bombardier.
  • To receive our press releases, please visit the Email Subscription and RSS Feed section.

Active Noise and Vibration Suppression, Bombardier, CRJ, Dash 8, NextGen, Q400, Q-Series, Smart Parts and The Evolution of Mobility are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

For Information
Mark Masluch
Bombardier Aerospace
+1 514 297 7043