Accra - The future airline PassionAir acquired three used Bombardier Q400, becoming the first operator of the aircraft in Ghana.

On August 13, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced the placement of three used Q400 turboprop aircraft to PassionAir. The new airline of Ghana will be based at Kotoka International Airport.

PassionAir's Q400s are configured to accommodate 78 passengers. They will initially be deployed on domestic routes. In the medium term, the operator plans to extend its services to the sub-region of West Africa.

This is the first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft," said Edward Annan, the chief executive officer of the African carrier.

The Q400 provides the performance and flexibility to expand our network further. Its autonomy opens the way for great opportunities to take advantage of a broader market, which extends to 12 countries and more than 180 million potential passengers from Accra,
he added.

Bombardier continues to increase its market share in Africa, and we are happy to welcome PassionAir as the first commercial airline to operate our regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,
said Jean-Paul Boutibou, VP Sales at Bombardier for the Middle East and Africa.

Africa is one of the fastest growing young markets in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will be a key factor in the continent's economic development,
said Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in a statement.

To date, Bombardier has sold approximately 3,500 regional aircraft across the globe.