Abu Dhabi Aviation, based in Abu Dhabi, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners.
The airline is a long-time customer for Bombardier Q-Series aircraft, according to Bombardier Aerospace.
Bombardier puts a potential list-price value of US$70 million on Abu Dhabi Aviation’s deal for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, should the carrier firm its order.
The LOI was signed on November 19, at the Dubai Airshow 2013.
Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, operates a fleet that includes one Bombardier Q400, one Dash 8/Q300 and two Dash 8/Q200 turboprops. The carrier’s main activities relate to the support of offshore oil, engineering and construction companies.
“Our operation of Bombardier commercial aircraft spans over 20 years and the acquisition of the Q400 NextGen turboprop, with its exceptional performance and superior payload capability in our challenging operating environment, will allow us to serve our customers effectively,” said Nadir Al Hammadi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation.
“Abu Dhabi Aviation’s long-term operation of Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops showcases the robust characteristics of these aircraft, and is a testament to their suitability for service in the world’s most demanding climatic conditions,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Bombardier’s presence in the Middle East and Africa currently includes more than 200 Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and CSeries single-aisle, mainline aircraft in service or on firm order.