Bombardier mulls 2013-2014 timeframe for stretched Q400

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Bombardier commercial aircraft president Gary Scott has affirmed that 2013-2014 is "the sort of time period we're looking at today" for offering a stretched version of the Q400 turboprop.

During the ISTAT conference in Phoenix, Scott stressed that Bombardier has not made a commitment to this timeframe, and has not decided on an exact size for a stretched Q400, dubbed the Q400X.

But, he tells Flightglobal online news service Air Transport Intelligence: "I have no doubt we'll do a large Q400."

Bombardier has been studying a larger-capacity turboprop for years. "We will continue to refine our view of that with customers over the next couple of years," says Scott.