Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners.
Falcon Aviation Services is based at Al Bateen Executive Airport (IATA code AZI) and operates a fleet of corporate jets conducting VIP charter flights, and a fleet of helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas industry.
The company also conducts search and rescue; aircraft management, maintenance, repair and overhaul; and consulting operations.
Based on the list price of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the order at approximately US$61 million.
“The Q400 NextGen turboprop’s powerful engines and its auxiliary power unit make it an ideal aircraft in our part of the world and allows us to offer our services to more of our clients in the region,” says Captain Mahmoud Ismael, chief operating officer of Falcon Aviation Services.
“The engines provide substantial power allowing the aircraft to climb over the sand belt faster than any other turboprop, and the APU allows a quick cool down in our hot environment,” adds Capt. Ismael. “With this acquisition, we are diversifying our business model and offering a broader range of services to our clients. In a 78-passenger configuration, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is well suited to our operation and offers very competitive costs.”
“Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are proving their high value by operating in all kinds of diverse environments, such as cold weather conditions in Canada and Eastern Europe; hot, arid environments in the Middle East and Northern Africa; and the humid, mountainous environments in Western North America and sub-Saharan Africa,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.