Yakutia Airlines First to Operate Bombardier Q400 Aircraft in Russia

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:00pm EST

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  TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jan 31 (MARKET WIRE) --
Bombardier Aerospace today welcomed Yakutia Airlines to the growing
family of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operators. Yakutia Airlines, a
domestic passenger carrier based in the northeast region of Russia, will
fly three Q400 aircraft, with the first one having arrived this week at
Yakutsk Airport.

    Yakutia Airline's new status as a Q400 aircraft operator follows the type
approval that was awarded in June 2012 by the Interstate Aviation
Committee (IAC) - commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK. The Q400
aircraft is the largest Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded
type approval for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent
States (CIS). 

    "This marks a wonderful achievement and milestone for the Q400 aircraft
program. We're proud to welcome yet another new operator to the family -
Yakutia Airlines as the first Russian-based operator," said Mike
Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400 aircraft
is tailor-made for Yakutia Airline's diverse route network that provides
regional airline service to one of the largest territories in the world,"
said Mr. Arcamone. 

    "The powerful, yet fuel-efficient Q400 turboprop was selected for
Yakutia's operations because of its high speed, which will allow us to
cover long sectors; its ability to operate on unpaved runways; and
importantly - its capability in the difficult conditions that northeast
Russia presents, including high winds and extreme cold in the winter,"
noted Ivan Prostit, General Director of Yakutia Airlines. "We expect that
the combination of passenger comfort and low operating cost offered by
the Q400 aircraft will allow us to optimise our regional operations." 

    Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A
engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h),
the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb to turbulence-free altitudes, and can
also provide fast access to the remote airports of the Siberian region of
the Russian Federation. 

    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 4.1million take-offs and landings.

    About Q400 aircraft 

    Q400 turboprop airliners are the most recent development in 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. 

    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. 

    About Yakutia Airlines

    The open joint stock company, Yakutia Airlines was created on July 30,
2002. In January, 2003 Yakutia performed its first flight on the Yakutsk
- Moscow - Yakutsk route under its own "YAK" code. 

    Yakutia is an aviation market leader and is achieving stable growth in
key operational performance indicators; in 2012 the airline carried
1,145,630 passengers. 

    The airline's fleet comprises a total of over 30 aircraft and it operates
with hubs in the cities of Yakutsk, Moscow (Vnukovo) and Krasnodar. Its
network includes routes in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), other regions
in Russia and international flights. In the territory of the Far East
federal district, Yakutia operates flights in eight of nine
sub-districts, allowing passengers to make point-to-point connections
within the region.

    Representative offices of Yakutia are located in more than in 30 cities
in Russia and abroad. (www.yakutia.aero).

    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, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and
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@Bombardier.

    Notes to editors

    Images of Q400 aircraft in the livery of Yakutia Airlines are posted with
this press release at: www.bombardier.com. 

    Additional information on the Q400 aircraft is available at:
www.q400.com.

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Contacts:
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1-416-375-3030
www.bombardier.com

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