Aussie airline places $168 million order

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Qantas Airways has placed a firm order for seven Bombardier Q400 high-speed turboprops on behalf of its QantasLink regional airline.

The contract includes options and purchase rights on an additional ten Q400 aircraft. The firm order contract is valued at approximately $168 million and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2006.

“We are impressed with the speed of the Bombardier Q400,” said Narendra Kumar, Executive General Manager, Regional Airlines at Qantas Airways. “This will enable QantasLink to reduce flight times and potentially operate additional frequencies on some sectors.”

QantasLink currently operates 34 Bombardier aircraft with a route network that spans approximately 3,400 kilometres, the longest regional airline route network in the world.

The contract announced today increases firm orders for the Bombardier Q400 to 121 aircraft, with 88 in service with 10 operators in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.