RwandAir adds $33M Bombardier Q400 NextGen to fleet

New turboprop increases airline’s capacity to service African routes.

April 22, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop in flight. Photo: Bombardier

TORONTO — RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner for $33 million.

“As demand for domestic and regional travel in Africa accelerates, our 67-seat, dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft will ensure RwandAir is well positioned to offer increased capacity on popular routes that are being opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft,” said John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir.

RwandAir’s fleet currently consists of four Boeing 737 series aircraft and one Bombardier Dash 8-200 turboprop. Two new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets arrived in November.

RwandAir is the 12th operator of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in Africa, which are used in nine of the continent’s countries.

Bombardier has taken firm orders for 468 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft worldwide.

The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, built at Bombardier’s Toronto facility, is the successor to the Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft.

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