Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday that Australia’s Qantas Airways has placed a firm order for six new 50-passenger Bombardier Q300(i) turboprops and has taken options on two additional Bombardier Q300 aircraft.
The new Bombardier Q300 aircraft, valued at A$100 million, will replace older model 36-seat Dash 8(i) Series 100 aircraft currently operated by QantasLink for its services to regional Australia.
‘These new aircraft are a significant investment in our regional fleet,’ said Narendra Kumar, executive general manager, Regional Airlines, Qantas Airways. ‘We are committed to continuing our investment in QantasLink to ensure we have the best aircraft to meet the needs of regional Australia.’
QantasLink currently operates 33 Dash 8 Series 100, Bombardier Q200 and Bombardier Q300 aircraft.
‘This order is further evidence that despite the popularity of regional jets, there is and will continue to be a market for turboprop aircraft where their lower operating economics can mean the difference between profit and loss on many regional airline routes,’ said Steven A. Ridolfi, president, Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft.
Deliveries are scheduled for the first half of 2004.