|Bombardier’s Q400 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier
[Avionics Today 09-14-2015] The National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) has awarded type certification approval to Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s 86-seat Q400 aircraft for operation in the region. The type certificate, signifying the local airworthiness of the commercial turboprop, was presented to Bombardier in a ceremony held at ANAC’s offices in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
“Expanding our commercial aircraft presence in the Latin American market is key to our global expansion strategy and obtaining the Q400 aircraft’s type certification marks an important step in placing aircraft in the region,” said Alex Glock, regional vice president of sales in Latin America and the Caribbean at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Bombardier’s current 20-year commercial aviation market forecast projects deliveries of 1,150 units in the 60- to 150-seat category to Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, through 2034. Of these units, 450 are expected to be in the Q Series 60- to 100-seat segment, while most of the remainder will be in the 100- to 150-seat segment — the segment for which Bombardier’s new advanced-technology C Series single-aisle aircraft is designed.