Canadian regional carrier Jazz Air LP has placed a firm order for 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an...

Canadian regional carrier Jazz Air LP has placed a firm order for 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an additional 15 Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft values the firm order at approximately US$454 million and this could increase to $937 million should Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Jazz Air LP (which operates as Jazz) convert all 15 options to firm orders.

“The introduction of the Q400 NextGen aircraft is a perfect complement to our fleet of Canadian-built Bombardier turboprops and regional jets,” says Joseph Randell, president and chief executive officer of Jazz Air LP.  “This aircraft, which in Jazz configuration will have 74 seats in a single-class cabin, offers superior passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and improved environmental performance. I’m confident that our passengers will appreciate the quiet interior and speed of this new technology.”

Jazz flies to more Canadian destinations than any other carrier and is the second largest airline in Canada in terms of fleet size and number of routes flown. Jazz is the world’s largest operator of Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft, and forms an integral part of Air Canada’s domestic and Canada-U.S. transborder market presence and strategy. The airline currently operates 64 Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets and 64 Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops.

“We are delighted that Jazz has recognized the capabilities of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft for short- and medium-length regional routes,” says Gary R. Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Since it entered revenue service a decade ago, the Q400 aircraft has raised turboprop service and passenger comfort to an unprecedented level around the world.”

Jazz Air LP, Canada's largest regional airline and its second-largest carrier overall in terms of fleet size and number of routes flown, has ordered 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has optioned 15 more. At list prices, the order could be worth nearly US$950 million to Bombardier

Launched in March 2008, the lower-emission, fuel-efficient, Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner ― marketed by Bombardier as “comfortably greener” ― is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft (which offers cruise speeds nearly as fast as those of a jet) and according to Bombardier is the advanced successor to the Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft.

Revised in the same spirit as Bombardier’s CRJ NextGen aircraft family, the Q400 NextGen aircraft features an enhanced cabin environment with the introduction of LED lighting, new ceiling panels, dished window sidewalls and larger overhead luggage bins. Together with Bombardier’s patented Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system, these features improve the cabin experience for passengers.

While the operating costs of the Q400 airliner were already among the lowest of any regional aircraft, Bombardier further reduced the operating costs for both the Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners by increasing intervals between scheduled maintenance and further optimizing maintenance tasks, therefore reducing labour hours.

Bombardier has also updated the Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners’ Aircraft Operating Manual (AOM) to reflect the fact that the fuel burn under certain operating conditions is lower than predicted.

Including the order announced today, Bombardier has now booked firm orders for 378 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft and delivered its 300th ― to Jazz rival Porter Airlines, based at Toronto City Centre Airport ― on April 22. The delivery, a Q400 NextGen, was the 20th Q400-series aircraft delivered to Porter. The Q400/Q400 NextGen is the highest-selling version of the Dash 8/Q family, with the delivery of the 300th aircraft to Porter beating the previous delivery record of 299 set by the original Dash 8 Series 100.

Bombardier Q400s and Q400 NextGens are now in service with more than 30 airlines and other operators, and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 2.5 million hours and 2.8 million take-off and landing cycles. In addition to their role as regional airliners, Q400 aircraft are also being used in corporate transport and firefighting, and Bombardier says the type can be used in an array of non-airline operations.