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Bombardier Sells Eight Q400 NextGen Airliners To Ethiopian Airlines

by Mike Godfrey, for, Washington

26 November 2008

Bombardier, the Canadian aerospace and rail equipment manufacturer, has announced that its Aerospace division has struck a deal with Ethiopian Airlines regarding the sale of eight of the company's new Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners.

Ethiopian Airlines has also taken options on four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft, and including this transaction, the Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft program has recorded firm orders for a total of 1,001 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the value of the Ethiopian Airlines firm order contract is approximately USD242m, and could increase to approximately USD366m if the four options are exercised.

Ethiopian Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, operates a fleet of jet and turboprop aircraft to 33 African cities and a total of 20 international points in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. Ethiopian Airlines won the Brussels Airport Marketing Award for long-haul operations in October, 2008. In the same month the airline also won the 2008 Best Airline in Africa Award from the Akwaaba Travel Market Organization and the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award in Johannesburg in August, 2008.

“The 360-knot speed, low operating costs and environmental credentials of the Q400 NextGen aircraft will enable us to maintain the high standards for which we have received numerous awards", commented the company's Chief Executive Officer, Girma Wake, adding:

“The aircraft’s excellent range and payload capability will allow us to deploy it on domestic routes within Ethiopia, as well as on regional routes up to 1,000 nm (1,850 km) from Addis Ababa. Another key reason for our selection of the Q400 airliner is its exceptional performance in terms of climb rate, single-engine ceiling and higher take-off weight, and thus greater payload, from hot and high elevation airfields."

“Ethiopian Airlines will utilize all of the extensive qualities of the Q400 aircraft,” said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "And we welcome this award-winning airline to the growing Q400 airliner family.”

The transaction announced increases Q400/Q400 NextGen aircraft firm orders to 330 aircraft, with 210 delivered as of July 31, 2008.

The Dash 8 turboprop program was launched in 1980. With the introduction of the Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) system in 1996, the name was changed to the Q-Series aircraft program, reflecting the aircraft’s quiet cabin amenities.

The aircraft are in service with more than 100 operators around the world.

In addition to their role in commercial airline service, Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft are also operating in coastal surveillance, firefighting, navigator training, medical evacuation, mixed passenger/cargo configurations, laser depth sounding of the ocean floor, resource exploration and many other special mission roles.

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