Knee Jerking…Did SAS Make Mistake With Bombardier Q400 Withdrawal?

SAS Group’s decision to withdraw its entire Q400 fleet, following three landing-gear incidents in less than two months, is the fodder for many discussions this week.

Industry players are considering the possible fall-out on Bombardier’s reputation, Q400 residual values, and passenger perception. One conversation that deserves notes can be found at the ever-popular IAG blog. Could the SAS grounding be a big mistake? Is it related to the company’s internal procedures, or maintenance practices? Time will tell.

Meanwhile, a glut of Q400s on the market would in fact be welcome news to airlines seeking large turboprop lift. As prominent consultant Doug Abbey points out, if the aircraft come available, they will “find homes and they’ll find homes rather quickly”.