Warsaw-based Eurolot has converted options on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners to a firm order that will increase its fleet of the type to 14 aircraft.
Based on the list price of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, Bombardier values Eurolot’s latest order at approximately US$190 million.
Eurolot first placed a firm order for eight Q400 NextGens and optioned 12 more on March 9, 2012, and delivery of the first aircraft took place on May 17.
As previously announced, Eurolot has joined Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Smart Parts Program for the Q400 aircraft.
The Smart Parts Program is customized to an airline’s specific operational and dispatch-reliability requirements. According to Bombardier, the program provides the airline with competitive and predictable advanced component exchange and repair costs, as well as superior availability of key components.
“Our fleet renewal program and route expansion are proceeding very well with Bombardier’s Q400 NextGen aircraft,” says Mariusz Dabrowski, president and chief executive officer, of Eurolot. “The very competitive operating costs of the aircraft will benefit further from the Smart Parts Program.”
“Some 15 new operators and leasing companies have joined the Q400 aircraft family since 2010, with five having acquired or ordered their aircraft this year,” notes Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This growth, which has resulted in more than 40 operators worldwide, is indicative of the outstanding operational flexibility, fuel efficiency and performance capability of our new-generation Q400 turboprop.”
Including the transaction announced on September 4, the manufacturer has booked firm orders for 460 Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops, and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in 33 countries, on six continents.
These aircraft have transported more than 227 million passengers and have logged more than 3.5 million flight hours and over 3.8 million take-offs and landings.