Tag Archives: Q400

Bombardier to sell the Q400 program to Viking

Bombardier made this announcement:

On November 7, 2018, the Corporation entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets, including aftermarket operations, to a wholly owned subsidiary of Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, for gross proceeds of approximately $300 million. The agreement covers all assets and intellectual property and Type Certificates associated with the Dash 8 Series 100, 200 and 300 as well as the Q400 program operations at the Downsview manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. The transaction is expected to close by the second half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Net proceeds for this transaction are expected at approximately $250 million net of fees, liabilities and normal closing adjustments.

Viking is part of Longview. Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft services, and manufacturer of the world-renowned Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking is the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, as well as the Canadair 215 and CL-415 aerial firefighters. Viking provides exclusive global spare parts manufacturing and product support for these fleets.

Viking will now take over the Q400 series.

Longview Aviation Capital Corporation later issued this statement:

Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, parent company to Viking Air Limited, a leading Canadian aircraft manufacturer, today agreed to acquire, through an affiliate, the entire Dash 8 program including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program from Bombardier Inc. Also included as part of the transaction are rights to the de Havilland name and trademark in an all-Canadian transaction.

Once completed, Longview will become North America’s largest commercial turbo-prop aircraft manufacturer.

“The Dash 8 turbo-prop is the perfect complement to our existing portfolio of specialized aircraft including the Twin Otter and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 series of water bombers,” said David Curtis, CEO of Longview Aviation Capital Corp. “We see enormous value in the de Havilland Dash 8 program, with these aircraft in demand and in use all around the world.”

As part of the agreement, Longview will receive all assets and intellectual property and Type Certificates associated with the Dash 8 program. Upon the closing of the transaction, Longview will also assume responsibility for the worldwide product support business – covering more than 1,000 aircraft either currently in service or slated for production.

Longview will continue to independently operate the program at the original de Havilland manufacturing site located at Downsview, Ontario upon closing of the transaction. The Downsview site was sold by Bombardier earlier this year but, under the terms of a lease with the new owners and a license from Bombardier, production will remain on-site until at least 2021. As part of the transaction Longview also looks forward to welcoming Bombardier employees currently associated with the production, support and sales of the Dash 8 program.

“We are committed to a business-as-usual approach that will see no interruption to the production, delivery and support of these outstanding aircraft,” added Curtis. “With the entire de Havilland product line reunited under the same banner for the first time in decades, we look forward to working with customers, suppliers and employees upon close of the transaction to determine what opportunities lie ahead.”

Longview and Bombardier will work closely in the period until the closing of the transaction to ensure a seamless transition for employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders with no interruption in production, delivery and support of the aircraft.

This transaction builds on Longview’s established track record of acquiring and successfully operating significant aircraft manufacturing, parts and serving programs including the Twin Otter program and the Canadair CL 215 and 415 waterbomber series.

The transaction is subject to typical closing conditions and the receipt of regulatory approvals. The sale and transaction are expected to close by the second half of 2019.

Advertisements

Transport Canada certifies 90-seat cabin configuration for Bombardier’s Q400 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its 90-passenger Q400 aircraft configuration has received its certification from Transport Canada, becoming the first in-production commercial turboprop in the world to reach that capacity.

“With increasing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market, we are excited to offer our customers a higher-capacity configuration and 15 percent lower cost per seat compared to the previous standard Q400, leading to more profitability potential for airlines,” said Todd Young, Head of the Q Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This milestone certification showcases — once again — the unique versatility of the Q400 turboprop and our continued commitment to the evolution of the program.

“Upon delivery later this year, our launch customer SpiceJet will become the first airline to take advantage of the profitable and efficient operations of the 90-seat Q400 aircraft following its order of up to 50 in 2017,” added Mr. Young.

Combined with the Q400 aircraft’s unique speed flexibility, which is driving higher scheduling efficiency, this new segment solution is perfectly adapted to high-demand turboprop markets and will further enhance economic connectivity between smaller towns and major hubs.

The 90-seat configuration represents another step in Bombardier’s continuous improvement of its Q400 aircraft, aimed at addressing traffic growth and customer bottom line. Other improvements under development includes a 2,000-lb-increase in payload capacity and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours.

Ethiopian, ASKY sign agreement for strategic partnership with Guinea Airlines

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2009

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has signed an agreement with Guinea Airlines, for strategic partnership in management, maintenance and training, on January 30, 2018 at Ethiopian headquarters.

This is a trilateral partnership with Guinea, ASKY Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines with a view to fill the air connectivity vacuum in domestic Guinea market and between the Mano River countries.

Copyright Photo: ASky Airlines under the agreement is likely to operate Bombardier Q400s for Guinea Airlines. ASky Airlines (Togo) (Ethiopian Airlines) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-AQD (msn 4427) STN (Antony J. Best). Image: 910083.

ASky Airlines aircraft slide show:

Tanzania orders two Bombardier CS300s and one Q400 for Air Tanzania

air-tanzania-cs300-and-q400-fltbombardierlr

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have announced the United Republic of Tanzania represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) has signed firm purchase agreements for two CS300 jetliners and one Q400 turboprop aircraft. The aircraft will be leased to and operated by Air Tanzania (The Wings of the Kilimanjaro) based in Dar es Salaam.

Like the two Q400 turboprop aircraft delivered to the TGFA for lease and operation by Air Tanzania in September 2016, the third announced this time will have an all-economy, 76-seat interior with two lavatories. The two CS300 airliners will be configured in a dual-class layout, and will be equipped with WiFi internet and in-flight entertainment.

Image: Bombardier.

AG Read the Real WAN

Ryukyu Air Commuter takes delivery of the first Bombardier Q400 cargo-combi aircraft

Ryukyu Air Commuter DHC8-400C (Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Ryukyu Air Commuter Company, Ltd (RAC) of Okinawa, Japan and Bombardier have announced the delivery and acceptance of the very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft. Manufactured at Bombardier’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the aircraft is one of five ordered by RAC.

A member of the Japan Airlines Group, RAC is the launch customer for this new variant of the Q400 aircraft, which features a cargo-passenger combi configuration, and was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014.

Image: Bombardier.

AG Read the Real WAN

Ethiopian Airlines to expand its Bombardier Q400 fleet

Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 924001.

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today (December 29) that they have signed a firm purchase agreement for two additional Q400 turboprop airliners that will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 aircraft fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest total fleet in Africa.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com.

Ethiopian Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Over 2,000 galleries

WestJet Encore pilots approve the new five-year agreement

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928309.

WestJet Encore (Calgary) announced ts pilots have voted in favor of a new agreement with 93 percent of eligible pilots voting.

The tentative agreement was negotiated between WestJet Encore and the WestJet Pilots’ Association (WJPA), the association representing its pilots. Voting on the agreement began on December 12, 2015 and ended December 20, 2015.

Nearly 275 WestJet Encore pilots are represented by the WJPA, a subgroup of WestJet’s Proactive Communication Team (PACT), the wholly-elected employee association representing WestJet’s more than 11,000 employees. This is the first ratified agreement between WestJet and its Encore pilots.

The new agreement begins January 1, 2016 and expires on December 31, 2020.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) taxies at the Calgary base.

WestJet Encore aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Bottom Ad Bar