Bombardier Delivers First-Ever Q400 Cargo-Combi Aircraft
Bombardier announced that it delivered its very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft. The new variant went to launch customer Ryukyu Air Commuter, an airline headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.
The Bombardier Q400 cargo-combi is a variant of the Q400. The aircraft serves as both a passenger aircraft and a cargo plane. It was was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014. Ryukyu has four additional Q400 cargo-combis on order.
The plane offers up to 9,000 lb. (4,082 Kg) of cargo capacity, and up to 1,150 cubic feet (32 cubic meters) of cargo volume. Additionally, the aircraft can accommodate up to 50 passengers with a seat pitch of 32”, and 58 passengers with a seat pitch of 29”.
The airline plans to operate the aircraft on on routes with high cargo demand and medium to low passenger loads, Boeing said.
“The Q400 cargo-combi aircraft offers the ideal platform for the evolution of our service,” said said Takashi Irei, the airline’s president.
Ryukyu Air Commuter was founded in 1985, and is a member of Japan Airlines Group. The airline operates domestic passenger services from Okinawa.
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