RwandAir orders Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliner
RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Q400 aircraft in Africa in its efforts to develop its domestic and regional markets
RwandAir has placed an order for a new $33 million airliner produced by Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. It has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner to help to develop the domestic and regional market it serves. John Mirenge, RwandAir’s Chief Executive, said: “As demand for domestic and regional travel in Africa accelerates, our 67-seat, dual-class Q400 NextGenaircraft will ensure RwandAir is well positioned to offer increased capacity on popular routes that are being opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft.
“The Q400 NextGenturboprop is the right aircraft to develop our domestic and regional market and to firmly support RwandAir on our path towards growth and increased profitability.
He added that RwandAir is complementing its new dual-class Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets by offering similar cabin amenities on the Q400 NextGenaircraft, providing for a seamless passenger service between the two aircraft models and aligning its total fleet strategy towards a unified passenger experience.
He said: “We are developing the RwandAir brand and we are gaining momentum in the region through selection of the right aircraft and right services for our growing market.”
Mike Acramone, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “As one of our newest and fast-growing customers, RwandAir is serving Africa’s expanding domestic and international markets and we are delighted that the carrier has yet again chosen Bombardier aircraft to further develop its network of short- and medium-haul destinations.
“The Q400 NextGenturboprop has proven its capability and flexibility in many regions of the world and is operating in diverse environments. We anticipate that it will serve RwandAir and its customers very well.”
RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Q400 and Q400 NextGenaircraft in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft will join more than 40 Q400and Q400 NextGenaircraft that are already in service with, or have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa.
With the transaction announced today, Bombardier has taken firm orders for 468 Q400and Q400 NextGenaircraft. Worldwide,Q400 and Q400 NextGenaircraft have transported more than 243 million passengers and have logged over 3.8 million flight hours and more than 4.1 million take-offs and landings in service with more than 40 operators in over 30 countries on five continents.
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Source: African Business Review