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Senegal Airlines becomes a new Bombardier Q400 operator

Senegal DHC-8-400 (11)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Senegal Airlines (Dakar) yesterday (October 23) started service with a Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner wet-leased from Falcon Aviation Services LLC of Abu Dhabi. The aircraft is one of two that were ordered under a firm purchase agreement between Bombardier and Falcon announced in February 2014.

As announced in July 2014, Falcon and Bombardier have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they will jointly address the need in Africa for several modern, high-quality aircraft solutions which meet international standards. The entry-into-service of the Q400 NextGen aircraft with Senegal Airlines is the first example of the collaboration arranged under the MOU.

Image: Bombardier.

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Bombardier delivers the first 86-seat Q400 to Nok Air

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (Montreal and Toronto) and Nok Air (Bangkok, Thailand) announced the delivery of the carrier’s first 86-seat Q400 NextGen turboprop at Bombardier’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured. The milestone aircraft, the first Q400 NextGen airliner to be delivered in the new extra capacity seating configuration, is part of Nok Air’s purchase agreement for up to eight Q400 NextGen airliners that was announced on November 19, 2013. Following the exercise of options and purchase rights, Nok Air has firm orders for six Q400 NextGen aircraft and retains two purchase rights from the original contract.

Nok Air means Bird Air is the Thai language.

Update: GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE, announced it added a new aircraft type to its owned fleet with the completion of a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Nok Air involving two new Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops.

The first aircraft delivered to Nok Air on August 26, 2014 and the second is scheduled for delivery in September 2014.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWKW (msn 4455) became HS-DQA on the hand over yesterday (August 27).

Nok Air: AG Slide Show

 

RwandAir takes delivery of its first Bombardier Q400

RwandAir DHC-8-400 over Kigali (Rwandair)(LR)

RwandAir (Kigali, Rwand) and Bombardier Yesterday (February 27) celebrated the delivery of a dual-class Bombardier DHC-8-402 (9XR-WL, msn 4464) (marketed as the Q400). RwandAir’s order for the aircraft was announced on April 22, 2013.

RwandAir is now one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft joins more than 55 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft that are already in service, or ordered for operation, in 12 countries in Africa. RwandAir is also now the fourth airline operating the dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft among the five customers that have ordered this configuration to date.

In other news, RwandAir will launch a new route to Doula, Cameroon on March 30, 2014 with four weekly flights departing Kigali every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

RwandAir will operate the new with the new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft equipped with 7 Business Class and 68 Economy Class seats. The aircraft also operates daily services to Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura and Brazzaville via Kigali.

All images and photos by RwandAir.

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Cabin photos of the new Q400:

RwandAir DHC-8-400 Cabin Photos (RwandAir)(HR)

Ethiopian Airlines to lease for Bombardier Q400s from Palma Holding Limited

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is planning to lease four Bombardier DHC-8-402s (marketed as the “Q400”) from Palma Holding Limited.

Bombardier issued this statement:

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that lessor Palma Holding Limited (Palma) has signed a firm purchase agreement for four dual-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The agreement, which also includes options for an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft, follows a letter of intent to acquire the aircraft that Bombardier announced on November 18, 2013. Under a joint venture with Ibdar Bank BSC, Palma intends to lease four of the Q400 NextGenaircraft to Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet that includes 13 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen airliners.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GBKC (msn 4299) became ET-ANI with Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines: AG Slide Show

Air Côte d’Ivoire orders two Bombardier Q400 turboprops

Air Cote d'Ivoire DHC-8-400 (12)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), has signed a conditional purchase agreement for two DHC-8-402 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two additional aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of Ivory Coast.

As of September 30, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.

Image: Bombardier.

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Regional Route Map:

Air Cote d'Ivoire 11.2013 Regional Route Map

Video: Cockpit view of an Air Côte d’Ivoire Airbus A319 arriving in Abidjan.