Eurolot S.A. of Warsaw in Poland has signed a firm order for eight Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional turborop airliners and has optioned 12 more.
Based on the list price for the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order at approximately US$246 million. Bombardier says the contract value would increase to US$625 million should all 12 options be converted to firm orders.
Eurolot began operations on July 1, 1997 and currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft serving domestic and international destinations.
“We are embarking both on a fleet renewal program and route expansion,” says Mariusz Dabrowski,” president and chief executive officer of Eurolot. “We require aircraft with excellent operational flexibility, which is absolutely essential in the very competitive European environment. The Bombardier Q400 NextGen airliner promises to meet our high expectations.”
“Some 19 new operators have joined the Q400 aircraft family in the last three years, and we are extremely pleased that Eurolot will become the first Polish operator,” says Chet Fuller, senior vice president, commercial for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are now in service with approximately 40 operators in 30 countries on six continents. This is a superb testament to the aircraft’s efficiency and reliability.”
Including the transaction announced on March 9, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 428 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops, with 389 delivered as of December 31, 2011.