Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop continues to steal the spotlight from the company’s regional jet offerings, most recently drawing a firm order for another four examples from Flybe during last month’s Paris Air Show. The option conversion, coupled with an order for 20 Q400s announced in January, will increase Flybe’s Q400 fleet to 45 aircraft.
Air New Zealand took delivery of its first 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turboprop during a ceremony held last month in Toronto. One of 17 Q300s Air New Zealand ordered in October last year, the Q300 will enter domestic service on August 15 with wholly owned subsidiary Air Nelson, flying to and from Nelson, Wellington, Napier and Hamilton. Air Nelson expects to take delivery of three Q300s by end of this year and the balance by mid-2007.
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