Q400 Turboprop Program Records Order For 200th Aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Australia’s Qantas Airways has placed a firm order for two 72-seat Bombardier Q400 high-speed turboprop airliners on behalf of its QantasLink regional airline. The transaction represents the conversion of two options taken when Qantas ordered seven Q400 aircraft in January, 2005. Those seven aircraft have been delivered.
The value of the contract announced today based on Q400 aircraft list prices is approximately $53 million US.
“The Bombardier Q400 aircraft is meeting our expectations for speed, productivity, low operating costs and quiet and comfortable interior, and passenger response to the aircraft has been positive,” said Narendra Kumar, Qantas Group General Manager Regional Airlines.
“Qantas is the ninth operator to place a follow-on order for the Bombardier Q400, a sure sign that the airplane is doing the job it was designed to do,” said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “There is simply no other regional aircraft quite like it.”
QantasLink currently operates 38 Bombardier turboprops – seven Q400, 16 Q300, five Q200 and 10 Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft.
Bombardier has now recorded orders for 200 Q400 airliners. As of October 31, 2006
131 Q400 aircraft have been delivered to operators in Africa, Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East.
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