Bombardier delivers world's first 90-seat turboprop ever
Montreal - Bombardier delivered first high-density Q400 to the launch company SpiceJet. The new cabin allows 90 passengers to fly in the turboprop aircraft.
Last year in September, Bombardier announced an order for 50 of its high-density Q400 turboprops by the Indian low-cost operator SpiceJet. The contract is valued at $1.7 billion at list price.
We are excited to induct the 90-seat Q400 aircraft into our fleet,said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.
The additional seats and performance improvements will result in substantial reduction in unit costs, and also we will be able to address our market needs in the regional space,Singh added.
The SpiceJet order includes 25 Q400 with purchase rights for an additional 25 aircraft, all equipped with 90 seats. These turboprops will join 36 Boeing 737NG and Q400 of 78 seats, a 7.5 years old fleet on average.
The 90-seat configuration for Q400 has received certification from Transport Canada in July, making the aircraft the first commercial turboprop to have that capacity.
Engineers at Bombardier made some modifications to the positioning of the rear bulkhead and replacement of the starboard side baggage door with a passenger door to increase the Q400’s capacity from 78 to 90 seats.
The manufacturer says the increase in capacity provides a 15 percent cut in operating cost.
The delivery of the first 90-seat Q400 aircraft showcases the commitment of Bombardier’s Q Series turboprop program to respond to customer requirements as they address traffic growth in regional markets,said Todd Young, Head of the Q Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
I thank and congratulate the employees and suppliers who have worked tirelessly to deliver this most recent enhancement to the Q400 aircraft, and I also thank our customer, SpiceJet for its strong support and collaboration in this continuous improvement program,Young added.
The Indian carrier currently operates 412 daily flights to 47 domestic and seven international destinations.