FARNBOROUGH: Bombardier clocks up more Q400 orders

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Bombardier has won additional orders for its Q400 turboprop from existing operators of the type.

Seattle-based Horizon Air, part of the Alaska Air Group, has ordered one additional Q400 worth $32.6 million at list price. The regional carrier, which already operates 51 Q400s, has also signed a five-year Q400 heavy-maintenance agreement with the airframer. The work will be conducted at Bombardier's facility in Tucson, Arizona.

Horizon retains options on another seven Q400s following this latest purchase.

Separately, Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a letter of intent to order five Q400s, on top of an order for two Q400s it announced in February and an order for one Q400 in April. Falcon operates VIP charter flights.

Bombardier has also disclosed that Abu Dhabi Aviation is the previously unidentified customer behind a firm order for two Q400s announced on 23 April. Abu Dhabi Aviation, which specialises in transportation for the offshore oil and engineering industries, already operates one Q400, one Q300 and two Q200s.

Including the latest orders, Bombardier has logged firm orders for a total of 499 Q400s.