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 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. Arcamone. 

    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 footprint. 

    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.

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Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

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