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Bombardier Launches 90-Seat Turboprop

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

29 February 2016

Bombardier has launched a new variant of the Q400 aircraft, which it says is the only commercial turboprop capable of carrying 90 passengers.

Bombardier said by offering 12 to 14 seats more, 20 percent cash "operating cost advantage" per seat, and over 30 percent higher speed, the Q400 turboprop delivers over USD8m US additional value per aircraft compared to competing turboprops.

Its speed – 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops, says Bombardier – puts the aircraft's flight time within minutes of jet schedules, at the same seat cost as larger single-aisle jets.

"As part of Bombardier's ongoing commitment to the evolution of the Q400 aircraft program, we are thrilled to offer customers increased capacity on regional routes with high passenger demand and the growth potential to increase profitability," said Fred Cromer, the President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Patrick Baudis, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added: "We are witnessing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market and Bombardier is responding with a 90-seat Q400 aircraft – a new segment solution ideally suited for current and future short-haul and high-demand markets."

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 547 Q400 aircraft.

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