Montreal - On May 5, Bombardier announced an order agreement for six Q400 with Air Connection Express, a new airline located in Luanda, Angola. The value of the order is about 198 million US dollars at the list price, says the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.

We congratulate Air Connection Express as it launches its domestic air travel business, and are pleased that the Q400 has been selected to support regional air travel in Africa,
said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The Q400 has proven to be a key contributor to the growth of the network in the region, enhancing connectivity on routes that are not economically viable for larger aircraft. Today, more than 37 operators are flying the Q Series in Africa, and we look forward to adding Air Connection Express to the family of Q400 operators,
he added.

The new airline operator will use the Q400s on domestic flights connecting smaller cities and increase frequencies as a feeder carrier for the flag carrier of the country, TAAG Angola Airlines.

The consortium behind the new airline is a public-private partnership (PPP) that brings together private sector and government groups to set up a stable domestic air network for Angola. The members of the consortium are TAAG Angola Airlines, ENANA, Airjet, Air26, Bestfly, Diexim, Mavewa, SJL and Air Guicango.

The consortium is currently working on forming a management team and defining the operational structure of Air Connection Express.