Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that a firm order for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners announced on August 16 was placed by Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The transaction also included options for Luxair on an additional four Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. Based on the Q400 NextGen list price, Bombardier values the firm order contract at approximately US$126 million.
Luxair placed a firm order for three Q400 airliners in 2006, prior to the product enhancements that earned the “NextGen” designation. It placed subsequent orders for two additional Q400 turboprop aircraft.
“We are continuing to upgrade our turboprop fleet with Q400 NextGen aircraft,” says Adrien Ney, president and chief executive officer of Luxair. “The Q400 turboprop is a superb aircraft, and the NextGen treatment has lowered operating costs and made a real difference in enhancing passenger convenience and overall comfort.”
“The technologically advanced Q400 NextGen aircraft’s size, speed, economics and comfort, along with its fuel efficiency and other environmental credentials, position it as a strong alternative to a jet on many short- to medium-haul routes in the 70- to 80-seat segment,” remarks Chet Fuller, senior vice president, sales, marketing and asset management for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re delighted that many airlines, including Luxair, are selecting the Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner as an ideal solution for their operations.”
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 412 Q400/Q400 NextGen aircraft, with 368 delivered as of July 31, 2011.