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Bombardier and Government of Tanzania Sign Purchase Agreement for Two Q400 Turboprops

Bombardier today announced that the company received a firm order for two Q400 turboprop aircraft from the Tanzanian government worth 62...

Bombardier today announced that the company received a firm order for two Q400 turboprop aircraft from the Tanzanian government worth 62 million US Dollars.

Both aircraft will be delivered in a single class configuration with 76 seats each, and though direct confirmation is still awaited from Air Tanzania, the two aircraft will according to reliable information received from Dar es Salaam join a Bombardier Q300 already in use by the ailing national airline.

The firm purchase agreement gives Bombardier a further edge in the Eastern African region, where RwandAir owns and operates two Q400 aircraft in a two class configuration, where Ethiopian Airlines flies 15 of these aircraft also in a dual class configuration and Kenya’s LCC JamboJet operates two Q400’s in an all economy configuration. A total of 50 Q400’s are presently in use across the African continent, a sign of superior operating economics and strong market confidence in the manufacturer’s ability to provide after sales service, besides a range of larger aircraft which includes the state of the art twin jet, single aisle C-Series. Bombardier presently has two approved maintenance facilities in Africa, one in Addis Ababa operated by Ethiopian’s MRO and one in Johannesburg, South Africa.

‘Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions‘ said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication, Tanzania. ‘We are committed to providing state -of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region. Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations‘ added Dr. Chamuriho before concluding: ‘The level of in -continent support that Bombardier offers is also very important for us‘.

Bombardier’s Vice President Sales responsible for Africa, Mr. Jan Paul Boutibou then added his own voice to the deal when he said: ‘This transaction not only solidifies the relationship between the Government of Tanzania, and Bombardier, but also reaffirms Africa as one of the most prolific Q400 aircraft markets. The Q400 aircraft is a showcase for the continent, where it has proved itself to be extremely efficient as well as cost-effective‘.

This decision now also provides some clarity over the direction the Tanzanian government is intent to go vis a vis the national airline, which has been struggling financially for years and periodically had to halt operations due to lack of aircraft. With major liabilities on the books of the airline has it depended on bailout after bailout in the past without however clearing all debts.

If management changes will be part of this massive injection of capital into the national airline remains to be seen, but given the track record of past leaderships it is likely to see some more changes in coming weeks and months, meeting the much more stringent criteria of the new Magufuli government in regard of accountability.

About the Q400 Aircraft 

Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It provides unmatched performance, operational flexibility and passenger comfort. In addition to the standard single-class configuration, Q400 aircraft are available with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort; in an optional extra-capacity configuration offering up to 90 seats for higher-density markets; and in a cargo-passenger combi configuration. 

Thanks to its combination of turboprop attributes, jet-like features, industry-leading passenger experience and environmental footprint, the Q400 aircraft is exceptionally versatile and can be adapted to a variety of business models. By offering a 30 per cent reduction in fuel burn over the jets it often replaces, the Q400 aircraft radically reduces carbon emissions and increases cost efficiency. Its high-speed cruise -- 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops -- places the aircraft's flight time within minutes of jet schedules, at the same seat cost as larger single-aisle jets. Its large propellers operate at a lower RPM, generating more power with less noise and making it a friendly option for city centres.

The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries. The worldwide fleet has logged more than 6.9 million flight hours and has transported more than 429 million passengers. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing community. 

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 564 Q400 aircraft.


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