Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air has placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on two more, as well as purchase rights on four others.
Bombardier has also confirmed that Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option for the Q400, which will allow the Bombardier Q400 NextGen to accommodate up to 86 passengers.
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen, Bombardier Aerospace values Nok Air’s firm order at approximately US$63 million. The list-price value could increase to US$258 million should Nok Air exercise all its options and purchase rights.
Bombardier Aerospace announced Nok Air’s order at the Dubai Airshow 2013.
“Nok Air strives to offer to all the freedom to fly as a convenient and affordable means of transportation, yet with the fun and friendly Thai hospitality we are known for,” said Patee Sarasin, chief executive officer of Nok Air.
“With an unmatched balance of speed, payload, low maintenance costs and superior comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow us to operate more efficiently, as we enhance service on current routes and expand to new destinations,” added Sarasin. “This flexibility will make point-to-point regional air service more accessible to Thai people, in addition to stimulating provincial economic growth.”
“We are delighted that Nok Air will not only be the first to operate the Q400 NextGen aircraft in the Southeast Asia region, but also be the launch customer for our new extra capacity option,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“The extra capacity seating option will give the Q400 NextGen aircraft an advantage of up to 7 per cent fuel burn per seat and an overall operating seat cost advantage of up to 17 per cent compared to its closest turboprop competitor,” said Torbjorn Karlsson, vice president, sales, Asia-Pacific for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.