Bombardier receives firm order for two Q400s from Smart Aviation

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Bombardier Aerospace has received a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft from Smart Aviation of Cairo, along with options on an additional three Q400 NextGen aircraft.

The value of the firm order is around $62 million at list prices, which could increase to $158 million if all three options are converted to firm orders, says Bombardier.

Smart Aviation will use its Q400 NextGen aircraft to launch scheduled and charter services to complement its corporate aircraft activities throughout the Middle East.

Gary Scott, president Bombardier commercial aircraft, says: "The Q400 NextGen aircraft is optimised for the intra-regional, shorter routes in the expanding North African and Middle Eastern travel market."

Wael El-Maadawy, chairman and managing director, Smart Aviation, says: "Middle East tourism and business travel are growing steadily and we want to be in a position to meet this growth with efficient, reliable, economical and passenger-friendly aircraft."

Including Smart Aviation's order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 391 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft, and has delivered 300 as of 30 April 2010.