Chinese company Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry Co., Ltd. has signed a letter of intent to place a firm order for 30 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops. It is preparing to launch airline operations in China, through a regional carrier to be named Sutong Airlines.

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The manufacturer puts a potential list-price value of US$70 million on Abu Dhabi Aviation’s deal for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, should the carrier firm its order.

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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. 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.

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Lessor Palma Holding Limited has signed a letter of intent to order up to eight two-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow 2013, would cover four firm-ordered aircraft and four options.

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Bombardier Aerospace announced the deal from Air Côte d’Ivoire ‒ which is the national airline of Ivory Coast ‒ on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013.

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Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, Bombardier Aerospace values the firm order at approximately US$32.2 million. The value could increase to $65.78 million should Luxair exercise its option.

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Bombardier and Rostekhnologii have signed a series of preliminary agreements that could see a final assembly line for the Q400 NextGen set up in Russia to produce at least 100 of the turboprop regional airliners for customers there. Rostekhnologii leasing subsidiary Avia Capital Services would buy 50, as would lessor Ilyushin Finance Co.

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Through its regional-airline partners Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines, Alaska Airlines is adding six routes to its network in November and December. Two of them are routes it has served before and another is a new winter-season route to a ski destination.

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Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen, Bombardier Aerospace values Horizon Air’s firm order ‒ which was announced on June 18 at the Paris Air Show 2013 ‒ at approximately US$98 million.

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Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet for its new regional carrier, WestJet Encore. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NextGen turboprops.

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RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners in Africa. RwandAir’s Q400 NextGen will join more than 40 Q400s and Q400 NextGens already in service with, or which have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa.

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Nordic Aviation Capital A/S has signed a firm order for four Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners. 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.

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With the departures on February 1 of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, Air Canada has introduced Bombardier Q400 NextGen service in Western Canada.

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Yakutia Airlines will fly three Bombardier Q400 turboprops, all acquired used. It has already taken delivery of the first. The Q400 is the largest Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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This order will increase to 31 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by Qantas on its QantasLink regional domestic network. All are operated by Qantas subsidiary Sunstate Airlines.

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Based on customer feedback, Ethiopian Airlines asked the manufacturer to reconfigure the airline’s latest Bombardier Q400 NextGen deliveries and as a result Ethiopian is the first carrier to take delivery of a Q400 NextGen with the reconfigured cabin.

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Ulaanbaatar-based Eznis Airways acquired the Bombardier Q400 through Nordic Aviation Capital, the Denmark-based leasing company.

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Warsaw-based Eurolot has converted options on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners to a firm order that will increase its fleet of the type to 14 aircraft.

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WestJet has converted the conditional order it placed on June 28 for up to 45 Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm purchase agreement. The deal includes a firm order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners and options on an additional 25 of the aircraft.

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