Bombardier, Chorus Sign Agreement for Up to 23 Q400 NextGens for Air Canada Express
Agree to New Extended Service Program for Dash 8-300s
Bombardier and Chorus Aviation announced the signing of a purchase agreement under which the airline will acquire 13 Q400 NextGen planes. It also has options for 10 additional aircraft. Once the planes are delivered, they will be operated by Jazz Aviation, a Chorus subsidiary, under Air Canada Express.
The order is valued at approximately $424 million at list price, and could increase to $758 million if Chorus chooses to exercise all of its options.
The Q400 NextGen is the newest model in Bombardier’s Q400 line of aircraft, and is designed mainly for short-haul operations, with a seating capacity of up to 86 passengers. The plane features new-technology turboprop that aims to improve both jet speed and fuel efficiency, and to reduce operating costs for airlines.
In addition to the order, Bombardier announced that Chorus and Jazz will be the launch customer and operator of the first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program. The program will extend the life of Jazz’s Dash 8-300 planes by approximately 15 years, or from 80,000 flight cycles to 120,000.
The agreement covers a minimum of 19 aircraft, and is set to begin in 2017. The Dash 8-300 is a turboprop aircraft, capable of seating up to 50 passengers.
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