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.
Bombardier Dash 8
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.
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).
The response to the volcanic ash crisis has proved to be an important application for the Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 operated by Iceland’s coast guard. The aircraft was delivered last year after Canada’s Field Aviation modified it for maritime surveillance duties, and in recent months has been pressed into service to keep a watchful eye on the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Toronto-based Porter Aviation Holdings announced this week that it has decided not to proceed with a proposed $120 million IPO due to unfavorable market conditions caused by volatility in the equity markets.
Some 30 U.S. airports risk losing their last regional airline flights unless they take “critical steps” to better balance revenue, cost and compensation rates, according to a report published earlier this year by San Diego-based aviation consultancy Innovation Analysis Group (IAG).
With conversion of an MOU signed in February, Bombardier last month inked a firm contract with Air Canada regional partner Jazz Air covering 15 Q400 turboprops.
Toronto-based Bombardier Q400 operator Porter Airlines plans to issue a $120 million initial public offering as it prepares for expected competition from Air Canada Jazz at the downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
One might forgive Regional Airline Association (RAA) president Roger Cohen for expressing what he called a certain “righteous indignation” on Tuesday after a day of meetings, forums and glad-handing during the association's annual convention, which began Monday and ends today.
Bombardier inked a firm contract with Air Canada regional partner Jazz Air covering 15 Q400 turboprops, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. The order represents a conversion of an MOU signed in February.