India's SpiceJet to buy up to 50 additional Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes

Ivan Schwartz
June 20, 2017

"We are reordering the Bombardier Q400 turboprop as it is the core element in serving our expanding domestic and regional destinations", said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines. "In addition, we have worked together to support other Q400 aircraft operators such as RwandAir, Congo Airways and Air Tanzania".

"As we position ourselves for growth, we are pleased to be adding more Q400 to our fleet".

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said that once finalised, the repeat order will increase the Q400 aircraft fleet in the fast-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region and launch the high-density 86-passenger model of the Q400 aircraft in India.

SpiceJet now operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and worldwide destinations. This would be the single biggest order for the Q400."I am delighted to announce this new order for 50 Q400 planes".

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"The airline now operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and global destinations". When concluded, this fleet expansion will provide SpiceJet with the ability to grow profitably and leverage the robust demand forecast in the world's fastest growing regional aviation market, the statement said.

He said the industry is starting to recognize the reputation of the aircraft from both pilots and customers.

Bombardier has now recorded a total of 585 Q400 aircraft on firm order.

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