Norwegian regional Wideroe today made headlines for taking delivery of Bombardier's first Q400 NextGen turboprop. If you are a regular reader of RWG, you already knew Wideroe was earmarked for this bird, which features LED lighting, new ceiling panels, "dished" window sidewalls to maximize light entering through the window, and larger overhead luggage bins. Wideroe has opted to equip the aircraft with 78 B/E-made "Model 945" seats.
But what type of seating options might Q400 NextGen customers have in the future?
Bombardier has revealed to me that it is considering offering business-class seating as a new optional feature for the Q400 NextGen. I wonder what carrier is thinking about flying the Q400 NextGen in a two-class configuration? Anyhoo, check out the airframer's rendering below of a three-abreast business-class cabin.
Bombardier already offers B/E's new "Spectrum" premium economy seat as an optional feature for the Q400 NextGen. It's a heavier seat than the Model 945 but quite comfortable. See pic below. As reported last week, Canadian regional Porter Airlines has upgraded its Q400s with Spectrum seating.