Nordic Aviation Capital A/S (NAC) of Billund, Denmark has signed a firm order for four Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners.
Based on the list price of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the contract at approximately US$134.77 million.
The four aircraft will be operated by airBaltic of Riga in Latvia and will join eight Q400 NextGen regional airliners the airline has ordered directly from Bombardier as airBaltic transitions to an all-Bombardier fleet.
Other recent transactions undertaken by NAC and involving Bombardier’s commercial aircraft include the sale and leaseback 10 Bombardier Q400s to Marfin Investment Group for operation by Olympic Air; the sale and leaseback of eight Q400 NextGen airliners delivered to Eurolot of Poland; and the purchase of 12 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets to be operated by Garuda Indonesia.
In December 2012, airBaltic announced it was in the process of transitioning to an all-Bombardier fleet of CSeries and Q400 NextGen aircraft.
The airline has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CS300 jets and holds purchase rights on a further 10 CS300s. All are to be of the newly announced Extra Capacity Seating (CS300ECS) version which can seat up to 160 passengers in single-class configuration.
However, airBaltic plans to operate its CS300ECSs in a two-class cabin configuration seating 145 passengers.
Its new Bombardier aircraft will replace older-generation 50-, 120- and 144-seat jet and turboprop aircraft in airBaltic’s fleet.
Including the NAC transaction announced on March 28, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 467 Q400 and Q400 NextGen regional aircraft.
Delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in over 30 countries, on five continents. These aircraft have transported more than 243 million passengers and have logged more than 3.8 million flight hours and over 4.1 million take-offs and landings.