Industry Bombardier delivers first 90-seat Q400
Bombardier has delivered the first 90-seat Q400 aircraf to the Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet.
The new aircraft with the name Q400 NextGen is an updated version of the existing Q400 program, which offers new cabins, lightning, windows, overhead bins and reduced maintenance and fuel costs. Compared to the former Q400 version, which offered 78 seats, the NextGen offer 12 seats more and is one of the largest turboprops aircraft by passenger capacity.
Colin Bole, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft stated: “The increased passenger capacity allows 15 per cent reduction of seat cost compared to the previous standard Q400 aircraft and provides an enormous benefit for airlines. We are thrilled that SpiceJet will be the first operator to showcase the unique capabilities and unbeatable productivity of our turboprops.”
Launch customer SpiceJet has ordered 25 Dash 8 Q400 NextGen. According to the official Bombardier presentation, the Q400 NextGen offers a 28 inch pitch in the extra capacity configuration for 90 passengers.
“We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs and also we will be able to address our market needs in the regional space.”
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