First Bombardier Q400 NextGen delivered
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first Q400 NextGen highspeed turboprop airliner. Norwegian regional carrier Widerøe’s Flyveselskap A/S accepted the aircraft – the first of six on firm order – at the Q400 aircraft delivery centre at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
A de Havilland/Bombardier customer since 1957, Widerøe currently operates 30 de Havilland/Bombardier 39-seat Dash 8-100, 50-seat Q300 and 78-seat Q400 aircraft with 330 flights a day to 36 domestic and seven international destinations.
Operating costs of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, already among the lowest of any regional aircraft will be made even lower by increasing scheduled maintenance intervals and further optimizing maintenance tasks. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners’ Aircraft Operating Manuals (AOM) have been updated to reflect that the fuel burn under certain operating conditions is lower than predicted.
Firm orders for Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft stand at 347, with 233 delivered as of January 31, 2009. Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are in service with, or have been ordered by, 30 operators around the world.