Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Caps Off Successful Year for its Q400 and Q400 NextGen Aircraft Program

Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:48am EST

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Bombardier Aerospace

January 25, 2013 - 09:47:54 AM

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Caps Off Successful Year for its Q400 and Q400
NextGen Aircraft Program

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2013) - Bombardier Aerospace
announced today that its Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program wrapped up a
successful year in 2012 with up to $2.7 billion US in orders including 50 firm
orders and 31 option aircraft, while welcoming seven new customers, operators
and leasing companies. 

"In 2012, the Q400 NextGen aircraft order book grew significantly with orders
from first-time customers - WestJet and Eurolot - as well as from repeat
customers looking to enhance their fleets with the only turboprop that
accommodates more passengers and route possibilities," said Mike Arcamone,
President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400 aircraft spread further
into secondary markets and, together with the Q400 NextGen aircraft, brought
new customers, operators and leasing companies from almost every continent
into the Bombardier turboprop family. This demonstrates the flexibility and
performance capability of the aircraft. 

"For airlines seeking high productivity and profitability on a diversity of
routes, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are unbeatable. With up to 10 more
seats, up to 35 per cent more cargo volume and with their jet-like speed, the
aircraft can fly up to 18 per cent more flights per day than a competing
turboprop. That's approximately 30 per cent more revenue potential," added Mr.

Russia and CIS Type Approval and Mongolia Type Acceptance Certification 

In June 2012, the Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft became the largest
Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in
Russia and the CIS. Mongolia in central Asia granted the aircraft type
acceptance certification in the region in May 2012. A few weeks later, EZnis
Airways began operating its first Q400 aircraft showcasing the aircraft's
performance on gravel runways and in cold weather, as well as its ample cargo
and baggage compartments for supporting mining charters and equipment. 

Dual-class Q400 NextGen Aircraft 

In September 2012, Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines became the first
airline to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners outfitted with a
dual-class configuration on Bombardier's production line. The five airliners
that were ordered have been delivered and have entered service with Ethiopian
Airlines and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. The new configuration -
featuring seven business class and 60 economy seats; fore and aft lavatories;
and a galley outfitted to provide cold and hot meals - demonstrates the
flexibility of the Q400 NextGen aircraft's passenger cabin. The new
configuration has also provided the airlines with increased cargo capacity. 

Q400 Smart Parts Program

Currently, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft operators spanning the globe,
including Japan Air Commuter, India's SpiceJet, Eurolot of Poland,
Luxembourg's Luxair, as well as Republic Airlines and the Department of
Justice in the U.S., 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 the Q400 aircraft in March 2008. 

About Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft 

Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners are the advanced successors to
Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul
operations, the "comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400 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

Bombardier has booked firm orders for 463 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops,
and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in over 30
countries, on five continents. These aircraft have transported more than 243
million passengers and have logged more than 3.8 million flight hours and over
4.1 million take-offs and landings. 

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 Montreal, 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,
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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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