Johannesburg - At a recent conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier highlighted a sharp rise in demand for used regional aircraft in the rapidly growing continent.
As we strive to increase our market share on the continent, we have successfully placed a significant number of used regional aircraft with more than seven airlines in the region over the past three months,said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President of Sales, Middle East, and Africa at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
We are making progress on our market penetration in Africa. We are confident that our strategy, in addition to increasing revenue from after-sales services, will eventually lead to the ordering of new aircraft,he added.
For instance, CemAir, a South African regional airline operator has become a new operator of the Bombardier Q400 by acquiring and leasing a total of three new Q400 aircraft.
Bombardier also welcomed CemAir and Tunisia's Syphax into the family of CRJ Series aircraft operators through the acquisition of used aircraft. The Cameroonian company Camair-Co also joins the family of Q400 aircraft operators by putting into service their first Q400.
In addition to companies as mentioned above, The DAC East Africa from Kenya added two Q200 and two Q400 to its fleet. Congo Airways also to add up to two devices (one Q400 and a Q200) together with another operator from Kenya, 748 Air Services.
Kenyan airline Silverstone Airways, sister company of Skyward Express, has integrated two Q300s into its existing fleet of aircraft of the same type, as well as a CRJ200 LR, which is converted into a cargo plane.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is one of the largest regional aircraft providers in the world.
These latest aircraft investments in Africa reflect the residual value of our regional aircraft. With the lowest overall cost and highest reliability standard, CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft are low-risk investments for airlines looking to increase profitability,said David Speirs, Vice President of Asset Management at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The international market of used regional aircraft is very active. Over the past five years, Bombardier has welcomed more than 40 new CRJ Series and Q400 / Q300 aircraft operators, most of whom are used-aircraft operators.