Bombardier Aerospace has launched a new version of its Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Announcing the launch of the new Q400 NextGen version at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Bombardier Aerospace revealed it will offer a cargo-passenger Combi configuration that, according to the manufacturer, will deliver the greatest payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment.
The cargo-passenger Bombardier Q400 NextGen Combi will be available in various configurations.
In the layout that provides the highest payload capability, the aircraft offers up to 8,200lb of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume.
This high-cargo version of the Q400 NextGen layout will allow the aircraft to accommodate 50 passengers comfortably at 32-inch seat pitch, according to Bombardier Aerospace.
The Combi Q400 NextGen turboprop’s ‘Class C’ cargo compartments are designed to meet the industry’s latest regulations, Bombardier says.
“The Combi Q400 NextGen aircraft provides unique opportunities for airlines operating routes with medium to low passenger loads, but with high cargo potential,” says Ray Jones, senior vice president, sales, marketing and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Along with the recently launched dual class and extra capacity options, the Combi option illustrates Bombardier’s ongoing investment in the Q400 NextGen aircraft program and offers airlines unmatched operational flexibility in short-haul markets,” says Jones. “The Q400 NextGen aircraft is now well positioned to reinvent once again the contemporary turboprop market through additional profitable growth.”
Adds Jones: “We are also pleased to confirm that we are in advanced discussions with a number of customers interested in the Combi variant.”