Montreal - Two years after its launch, Qazaq Air renews its trust in Bombardier. The Kazakhstan company has signed a firm order for two additional Q400s.

Based in Almaty and specializing in domestic routes in Kazakhstan, Qazaq Air began operations in August 2015 with Bombardier's turboprop. As of today, the company has three Q400s in its fleet.

"To date, With our Q400s, we have transported more than 420,000 passengers to 15 destinations in Kazakhstan and experienced a 50% increase in passenger traffic in 2017 compared to previous year," said Blair Treherne Pollock, President, and CEO at Qazaq Air.

"The addition of the two new Q400 to our fleet will allow us not only to expand our network within Kazakhstan but also to add new flights to the cities in neighboring countries in Central Asia that are not part of our network yet," he added.

The contract for the two additional Q400s is valued by the Canadian aircraft manufacturer at $ 66.8 million at list price. Qazaq Air is owned by the Samruk-Kazyna, a sovereign wealth fund, and joint stock company.