Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has demonstrated the unique versatility of the Q400 aircraft by introducing the world’s only commercial turboprop capable of carrying 90 passengers. Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 547 Q400 aircraft.
“As part of Bombardier’s ongoing commitment to the evolution of the Q400 aircraft programme, we are thrilled to offer customers increased capacity on regional routes with high passenger demand and the growth potential to increase profitability,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“We are witnessing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market and Bombardier is responding with a 90-seat Q400 aircraft – a new segment solution ideally suited for current and future short-haul and high-demand markets,” said Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Once again, Bombardier’s innovation leads the pack – industry players have talked about developing a 90-seat turboprop, and today, only Bombardier has turned that vision into a reality.”
As a confirmation of Bombardier’s focus on continuous improvement aimed at addressing traffic growth and customer bottom line, Bombardier is also pleased to announce a 2,000 lb-increase in payload and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours, all available for entry-into-service as early as 2018.
Compared to other turboprops, the Q400 aircraft offers unique speed flexibility driving higher scheduling efficiency; and 12 to 14 additional seats which when combined, deliver over $8 million US in extra value to customers.