Bangladesh carrier US-Bangla Airlines Ltd. is to become an operator of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop regional airliner.
Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines has acquired two used Bombardier Q400 turboprops from a third party and has announced it plans to begin domestic operations in April.
Bombardier Aerospace announced at the Singapore Airshow 2014 that US-Bangla Airlines would become a new operator of the Q400.
“The Q400 aircraft was selected by US-Bangla Airlines as the best aircraft to provide reliable, comfortable and affordable air transportation to passengers,” said Mohammed Abdullah Al Mamun, managing director of US-Bangla Airlines. “Utilizing the Q400 aircraft’s unparalleled performance, we will work to open new markets and create greater connectivity in our region.”
“We are proud to welcome another airline to our Q400 aircraft family, and congratulate US-Bangla Airlines on becoming the first operator of the aircraft in Bangladesh,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 regional airliner can quickly climb to turbulence-free altitudes. According to Bombardier Aerospace, the Q400 also provides the best passenger comfort in its category.
Bombardier Aerospace has recorded firm orders for a total of 486 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen regional airliners have transported more than 295 million passengers and have logged over 4.7 million flight hours and more than 5 million take-offs and landings.
The Q400 and Q400 NextGen production program includes more than 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries on five continents.