Bombardier launches unique combi variant of the Q400 Aircraft
Earlier in the month, Bombardier Aerospace launched a brand-new version of its versatile Q400 NextGen aircraft, an air cargo-passenger combi configuration that is set to cater for new markets.
The combi Q400 NextGen aircraft is available in various configurations, but the lay-out that provides the highest payload capabilities offers up to 8,200 lb. of cargo capacity and 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume whilst accommodating 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch.
The combi Q400 NextGen aircraft provides unique opportunities for airlines operating routes with medium to low passenger loads, but with high air cargo potential. Indonesia in particular as well as Southeast Asia in general are seen as a key markets for the aircraft type.
The release follows the recently launched dual class and extra capacity versions of the Q400, and the combi option illustrates Bombardier’s so-far unmatched dedication to offering airlines operational flexibility in short-haul passenger and air cargo markets.
Bombardier have announced that they are in advanced discussions with a number of customers interested in the combi variant.
The variant seems likely to offer a unique solution that will ride on the success of Q400 range so far. Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 499 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft to date. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported over 295 million passengers, logged upwards of 4.7 million flight hours and made more than 5 million take-offs and landings. The manufacturer counts over 50 customers and operators of the aircraft in approximately 40 countries spanning five continents.
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