Exclusive: Bombardier’s first Q400 NextGen (for Wideroe) revealed

Bombardier has revealed its very first Q400 NextGen to Runway Girl.

The aircraft, which is headed to SAS unit Wideroe, is equipped with 78 B/E Aerospace “Model 945″ seats (click on pic for fuller view of specs).

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You may recall that SAS last year placed orders for 14 Q400 NextGen aircraft for its Wideroe and AirBaltic arms as part of a deal to replace its grounded fleet of 27 Q400s.

Last week, I visited Bombardier in Canada, where the firm exclusively revealed its new CSeries flight deck to me in Montreal.

Then I headed to Toronto, where the Wideroe Q400 NextGen aircraft was undergoing Transport Canada inspection in advance of delivery.

Here are the very first photos of the new turboprop, which boasts LED lighting, a new sidewall design to maximize light entering through the window, and larger overhead bins than its Q400 predecessor. 

Oh yes, and that last snap is of yours truly in front of a SAS CRJ900 NextGen (if you know about SAS’s recent history, touched on during the early days of this blog, you’ll know why this is rather sweet).

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3 Responses to Exclusive: Bombardier’s first Q400 NextGen (for Wideroe) revealed

  1. Matthew Chidester May 12, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    love the Q400 a/c, I like the idea of using LED’s….. might fly one, one day *hopefully*. Nice blog :) thanks runwaygirl!

  2. Jez San June 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    Great update on a great aircraft. Thanks.

  3. Gothenburg-Landvetter July 21, 2009 at 6:30 am #

    Hi. I didnt excpect that the Q400 NextGen had 30 and 31 pich. I think 30 is enough. If all seats are 30 pich, can you then put in 2 seats more?