Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. has placed a firm order for seven Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, for operation by Qantas’ wholly owned...

Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. has placed a firm order for seven Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, for operation by Qantas’ wholly owned regional airline QantasLink.

Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Bombardier values the contract at approximately $218 million.


This order will increase to 28 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by QantasLink. The airline also operates two Bombardier Dash 8-200, three Q200 and 16 Q300 aircraft.

The Q400 has become the flagship of QantasLink’s regional fleet, says Alan Joyce, Qantas chief executive officer.

“Qantas has invested over A$600 million in 21 Bombardier Q400 aircraft over the last four years,” says Joyce. “The aircraft really suits QantasLink’s operations and is extremely popular with the airlines customers. We have therefore made the decision to acquire another seven aircraft for delivery from the first half of 2011. These new aircraft are next-generation Q400 aircraft with upgraded cabin interiors and larger overhead compartments.”

This computer graphic image from Bombardier Aerospace shows the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner in QantasLink colors. Qantas ordered seven more Q400 NextGens for QantasLink at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010, to be added to the 21 Q400s and Q400 NextGens the regional carrier already operates. The airline also operates two Bombardier Dash 8-200s, three Q200s and 16 Q300s

“Qantas has deployed the Q400 and Q400 NextGen the way its designers intended,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “These aircraft have replaced or complemented jet services, replaced smaller and older turboprops, reached out to new markets and extended the range beyond typical turboprop distances, and all this with the most comfortable and most cost-competitive aircraft in its class.”

Optimized for short-haul operations, the 70-to-80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop.

Including the order from Qantas announced today, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 385 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft and as of April 30, 2010, 300 had been delivered.