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Friday, April 27, 2007

Bombardier Snags Orders for 23 T-Props

With orders from Horizon, Air Philippines and Tassili airlines, Bombardier (BBD) logged 23 new orders for its Q Series turboprops. Horizon’s order for 15 Q400s is valued at $393 million, while Tassili’s order for four Q200s adds $74 million to manufacturer coffers. Horizon optioned on an additional 20 aircraft, continuing as the largest North American operator for the type. Tassili, which ordered four Q400s last summer, is the first Q Series operator on the African continent.
In its third turboprop order in as many days, Air Philippines said it is taking three Bombardier Q300s with options on an additional three in a contract valued at approximately $56 million. The turpoprops will join a fleet of eight Boeing 737s that serve 12 domestic markets. The 50-seat turboprop will be used on the Manila-Caticlan route, the gateway to the Boracay resort. They will include the company’s Noise and Vibration Supression (NVS) system.
Horizon Air has, over the years, ordered a total of 115 Bombardier aircraft, including of 21 Dash 8/Q100, 28 Q200 and 46 Q400 turboprops, and 20 CRJ700 regional jets. The airline also acquired two additional previously owned Q400 aircraft from Hainan Airlines.
Making full use of the Q400 aircraft’s technical capabilities, Horizon has obtained the first approval for Head-up Guidance System operations allowing approaches in Category III weather conditions. The airline is also the first Q400 operator to obtain approval for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 0.3 operations with curved approaches using the FAA’s “Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required” (SAAAR) rules.
Algiers-based Tassili Airlines previously placed a firm order for Q200 aircraft  last July for four Q400s, making the carrier the first operator of Q400 and Q200 aircraft in Algeria. A subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.
Bombardier has now recorded orders for a total of 230 Q400 aircraft. As of January 31, 2007, 143 of these aircraft had been delivered to operators in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and North America. As of January 31, 2007, Bombardier had delivered 778 Q-Series aircraft to customers around the world.
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