Eznis Airways LLC, the largest private airline in Mongolia, has acquired a previously owned Bombardier Q400 turboprop and has introduced the aircraft into domestic service.
Ulaanbaatar-based Eznis Airways acquired the Bombardier Q400 through Nordic Aviation Capital, the Denmark-based leasing company.
Eznis’ acquisition of the Bombardier Q400 follows the type acceptance certification that was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia in May, 2012 for operation of the aircraft in the Central Asia nation.
The certification in Mongolia preceded the decision in June, 2012 by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) – commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK – to award aircraft type approval to the Q400 turboprop regional airliner for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
“The Q400 aircraft is leading Bombardier’s expansion across much of Asia and the certification in Mongolia, in addition to the recent type approval in Russia and the CIS nations, are an important part of our strategy,” says Rod Sheridan, vice president, customer finance for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Sheridan leads Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Asset Management Group (AMG). The AMG is dedicated to the management and remarketing of Bombardier’s previously owned commercial aircraft portfolio.
“We’re delighted to welcome Eznis Airways as one of five new operators that have ordered or acquired the Q400 aircraft this year and the first in Mongolia,” adds Sheridan.
“We are thrilled to add the Q400 aircraft to our fleet,” says Munskhsukh Sukhbaatar, chief executive officer of Eznis Airways. “The powerful yet fuel-efficient turboprop can fly in the most difficult conditions that Mongolia presents – high winds, large swings in temperatures, and high-elevation airports.”
Powered by two 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 can quickly climb above the strong summer head winds which blow across Mongolia, and also access the high-elevation airports in mountainous regions of the country, according to Bombardier.
The Q400’s steep-approach capabilities allow the aircraft to descend quickly over the mountains to navigate easily the strong northerly winds found at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, where Eznis is based.
Bombardier says the Q400 has been certified for gravel runway operations, which predominate in rural Mongolia. This enables Eznis to fly mining charter customers directly to mine sites, while the aircraft’s large baggage compartment allows ample storage of mining provisions.
The manufacturer has booked firm orders for 460 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 243 million passengers and have logged more than 3.7 million flight hours and over 4.0 million take-offs and landings.