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Bombardier Statement Regarding The Sas Decision On Its Q400 Aircraft Fleet

Oct. 28, 2007, Toronto - Bombardier is disappointed with the SAS decision to permanently discontinue flight operations with the Bombardier Q400 aircraft given that the landing incident is still under investigation by Danish authorities.


October 30, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 28, 2007,Toronto – Bombardier is disappointed with the SAS decision to permanently discontinue flight operations with the Bombardier Q400 aircraft given that the landing incident is still under investigation by Danish authorities.

While SAS chose to ground its Q400
turboprop fleet following the incident on October 27, 2007,
Bombardier’s assessment of this situation, in consultation with
Transport Canada, did not identify a systemic landing gear issue.  Based on this we advised all Q400 aircraft operators that they should continue with normal Q400 aircraft flight operations.  Further, Bombardier and the landing gear manufacturer, Goodrich, have completed a full review of the Q400 turboprop landing gear system and results have confirmed its safe design and operational integrity.

Bombardier stands behind the Q400 aircraft.  Since entering revenue service in February 2000, the Q400 turboprop has proven itself to be a safe and reliable aircraft with over 150 Q400 aircraft in operation among 22 operators around the world.  To date, the fleet of Q400 aircraft has logged over one million flying hours and 1.2 million take-off and landing cycles.