From April 16, Porter Airlines will operate three round-trip flights a day between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Washington Dulles on weekdays and a lesser schedule on weekends.

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The airline will operate twice-weekly round-trip flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport, beginning on December 15 and continuing until April 8.

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A firm order from an undisclosed customer for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners announced on August 16 was placed by Luxair. The transaction also included options for Luxair on an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first two of 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners it ordered in December 2010.

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Fast-growing Canadian carrier Porter Airlines is keen to add routes to Philadelphia and the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area from its downtown-Toronto hub by 2012 – and possibly much sooner.

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A corporate-jet charter operator since its founding as a subsidiary of EgyptAir Holding Company in May 2007, Smart Aviation has formed a commercial-airline subsidiary and will use its Q400 NextGen aircraft to launch scheduled and charter services to complement its corporate-aircraft activities throughout the Middle East.

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After finalizing approval for four additional slots at Newark Liberty International Airport, Canada’s Porter Airlines is to offer 11 daily round-trip flights between Newark and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport from September 20.

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Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Bombardier values Porter Airlines’ firm order at approximately US$120 million, which could increase to US$308 million should the airline convert all six options to firm orders.

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Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. has placed a firm order for seven Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, for operation by Qantas’ wholly owned regional airline QantasLink. This order will increase to 28 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by QantasLink.

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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, in a deal whose value could reach US$937 million at list prices.

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