Russia’s Yakutia Airlines took the first of three Bombardier Q400 turboprops to its base at Yakutsk Airport in late January, marking the first-ever delivery of the big turboprop to a Russian operator. Yakutia’s new status as a Q400 operator follows type approval for the type by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) in June last year.
Yakutia general director Ivan Prostit cited the airplane’s range, high speed, ability to land on unpaved runways and cold-weather capabilities as its key selling points. Also an operator of a pair of Sukhoi Superjets and five Antonov An-140s, Yakutia flies 30 airplanes in a network covering routes in the Republic of Sakha in Russia’s northeast, 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 for several point-to-point connections within the region.