Bombardier Dash 8

November 30, 2010 - 7:35am

Indian low-fare carrier SpiceJet plans to buy as many as 30 Q400 turboprops from Bombardier in a deal worth up to $900 million.

“The [SpiceJet] board has approved a firm order for 15 and 15 on option,” SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills told AIN. “It has gone to the aircraft review committee and we expect to sign the agreement most probably by the end of [November]. We expect the deliveries to commence from June 2011.

November 5, 2010 - 8:36am

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet plans to buy as many as 30 Q400 turboprops from Bombardier in a deal worth up to $900 million.

September 30, 2010 - 9:06am

Qantas removed from service five of the 21 Bombardier Q400s operated by regional affiliate QantasLink in late August after the airline found a defect in what it described as a main landing-gear component. Qantas said it decided to inspect the airplanes and ultimately remove them from service after consultation with fellow Q400 operator Flybe and Bombardier.

September 30, 2010 - 6:58am

Seattle-based Horizon Air will end all its so-called “branded” flying under a plan to move to a 100-percent capacity purchase agreement (CPA) model starting January 1. As a result, Alaska Air Group’s other subsidiary, Alaska Airlines, will assume complete responsibility for managing Horizon’s route network, along with all the risk associated with marketing and selling seats on the airline’s fleet of ­Bombardier Q400 turboprops and CRJ700s.

September 30, 2010 - 6:16am

Egyptian executive charter company Smart Aviation placed a firm order for a pair of Bombardier Q400 turboprops in late August in preparation for its expansion into scheduled airline operations by year-end. The contract, which includes options for another three of the 74-seat turboprops, calls for delivery by December, at which time the company plans to launch services between secondary domestic ­destinations from its base in Cairo.

September 30, 2010 - 6:14am

Republic Airways plans to continue operating three Bombardier Q400 turboprops from Denver this winter, reversing earlier plans to dismantle the fleet completely. As a result, Republic intends to continue to connect Denver with Aspen until at least April. Republic in February announced plans to replace all 11 Bombardier Q400s flown by its Lynx Airlines subsidiary with Embraer E170s and E190s.

September 3, 2010 - 5:10am

Toronto-based Porter Airlines last month signed a firm order with Bombardier for four Q400s and placed options for another six of the 74-seat turboprops. The four aircraft will increase the size of Porter's Q400 fleet to 24. Porter's delivery schedule calls for the first airplane to arrive in the second quarter of next year. Deliveries would continue through the third quarter of 2012 if Porter exercises all of its options. 

July 21, 2010 - 8:23am

Qantas has placed a firm order with Bombardier for seven Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners in a deal valued at $218 million based on list prices for the airplanes. The order adds to the 21 Q400s operated by QantasLink. The first new aircraft are due for delivery in the first half of 2011. Bombardier has booked firm orders for 385 Q400 NextGen aircraft including the Qantas order. The Canadian manufacturer has delivered 300 to date.

July 18, 2010 - 11:17am

Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched an all-new turboprop engine for regional aircraft to replace the 1,800- to 5,000-shp PW100 series. It expects to run the core demonstrator in the second half of next year.

July 18, 2010 - 12:09am

Mapping oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and hunting for pirates off the coast of Somalia are among the many tasks performed by Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 twin turboprops modified for the maritime surveillance role by Canada’s Field Aviation (Hall 4 Stand C20).

 
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