Luxair places order for additional Q400 NextGen aircraft
Oct. 4, 2013, Luxembourg - Luxair, the national airline of Luxembourg, has placed a firm order with Bombardier for a Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner and has also taken an option for an additional Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Luxair, which currently operates a fleet of six Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft, noted that the new deal is line with its fleet modernisation plans.
The firm order is valued at $32.2 million at list prices, and could increase to $65.78 million if Luxair exercises its option.
The Q400 NextGen turboprop is the latest development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft and the advanced successor to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft.
Designed for short-haul operations, the 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop that offers a reduced environmental footprint.
Luxair president and chief executive officer Adrien Ney said that as part of Luxair's ongoing plan to further strengthen its business and increase regional frequencies, the airline has been using the Q400 aircraft for over seven years, with this announcemnt signalling fleet modernisation continuing.
"The many attributes of the Q400 NextGen aircraft have helped position Luxair as a leader in the short to medium-haul market segment."
"The Q400 NextGen aircraft have provided us with operating and performance flexibility, while enhancing passenger convenience and overall comfort," said Ney.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone added: "The many attributes of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, its size, speed, comfort, economics and environmental credentials, have helped position Luxair as a leader in the short to medium-haul market segment.
"Overall, the Q400 NextGen aircraft continues to deliver unmatched performance and operating economics and we're delighted that Luxair has been experiencing success with its fleet."
The latest order takes the firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops to 476 aircraft.
Currently, the Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes about 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries on five continents.