Yakutia Airlines, a domestic passenger carrier, has become the first Russian operator of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional airliner.
Based at Yakutsk in northeast Russia, Yakutia Airlines will fly three Bombardier Q400 turboprops, all acquired used. It has already taken delivery of the first, the aircraft arriving earlier this week at Yakutsk Airport.
Yakutia Airlines’ new status as a Q400 operator comes in the wake of Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) – commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) – awarding type approval for the Q400 in June 2012.
The Q400 is the largest Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, according to Bombardier Aerospace.
“This marks a wonderful achievement and milestone for the Q400 aircraft program. We’re proud to welcome yet another new operator to the family, Yakutia Airlines, as the first Russian-based operator,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 aircraft is tailor-made for Yakutia Airline’s diverse route network that provides regional airline service to one of the largest territories in the world.”
“The powerful, yet fuel-efficient Q400 turboprop was selected for Yakutia’s operations because of its high speed, which will allow us to cover long sectors; its ability to operate on unpaved runways; and – importantly − its capability in the difficult conditions that northeast Russia presents, including high winds and extreme cold in the winter,” said Ivan Prostit, general director of Yakutia Airlines.
“We expect that the combination of passenger comfort and low operating cost offered by the Q400 aircraft will allow us to optimise our regional operations,” added Prostit.
Powered by two 5,071-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines and capable of flying at cruise speeds of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 can quickly climb to turbulence-free altitudes and can also provide fast access to the remote airports of the Siberian region of the Russian Federation, according to Bombardier
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 463 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops, and 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 4.1million take-offs and landings.