SpiceJet Orders Up to 50 Bombardier Q400s

"The Q400 aircraft have helped airlines around the world expand their networks, and capture new opportunities" said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

An order could be valued at up to $1.7 billion, based on the list price for the 86-seater Q400, Bombardier said.

"The airline now operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and worldwide destinations". SpiceJet operates India's largest regional fleet and is the only organized operator in this space.

"Our agreement with Bombardier to provide component fix management to operators of Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which was announced in March this year, and now our expanded support on the ABACUS program to cover the CRJ Series regional jets, signal our growing commitment to support operators of Bombardier's industry-leading aircraft", said Erik Geertsema, Vice President Business and Strategy Development at GKN Aerospace's Fokker Services business.

"We think the addition of seven Q400 will allow Philippine Airlines to increase its market share". While the airline now operates 20 Q400s, these aircraft feature the 78-seat configuration. "Today's announcement marks an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship and we look forward to collaborate on providing valued support to Bombardier aircraft operators".

Bombardier (OTCQX:BDRAF, OTCQX:BDRBF) has dismissed rival Boeing's (NYSE:BA) claim that it's using government subsidies to dump its C-series planes on the aviation market. "Ethiopian is an Authorized Service Facility for Q400 aircraft and operates the only Q400 aircraft flight simulator in Africa". Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "CHR'".

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

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"The airline market in Africa has been growing slowly but steadily as the industry is becoming more liberalized and the infrastructure to support the growth is being put in place", said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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  • Leroy Wright