South African CemAir buys two Q400
Montreal - Bombardier has finalized a firm order with South African airline CemAir for two Q400 turboprops.
With these orders, CemAir will be operating five Bombardier Q Series.
Announced Wednesday, on November 29, the agreement follows the letter of intent that CemAir signed on June 21 at the Paris Air Show 2017. The contract is valued at $ 66 million by Bombardier at list price.
CemAir also signed a lease agreement for a used Q400 that was delivered this month.
The company, therefore, chose the Q400 to expand its fleet that is already largely made up of Bombardier aircraft. The most recent inclusion is a second-hand CRJ900, which is the first in South Africa. With these orders, CemAir will be operating five Bombardier Q Series and 12 CRJ Series plus four Beechcraft 1900Ds.
"We believe the Q400 is the ideal growth aircraft for our scheduled and chartered air services and we look forward to continuing to work with Bombardier," said Miles van der Molen, CEO of CemAir." We plan to offer charter services outside of South Africa and continue to take advantage of new opportunities across the continent," he added.
Bombardier has a strong position in the African continent with more than 190 Q Series turboprop aircraft, operated by some 35 carriers, and regional CRJ Series jets in service or on order.