A new airline will be launched in Nantong city, in the Jiangsu province of China, operating Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
The carrier, to be called Sutong Airlines, plans to start operations in the next two years, focusing mainly on serving the nine commercial airports in Jiangsu, says the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). It will start off by serving routes within a 2,000km (1,080nm) range.
The airline also has an ambitious growth plan, targeting to expand its fleet to 30 aircraft within five years of operations, followed by 100 aircraft within 10 years. Thereafter, it will expand operations to serve routes with up to a 4,000km range.
The Jiangsu provincial government had announced preliminary plans for the new airline earlier this year, but details were scant.
Bombardier however disclosed that it has signed a letter of intent with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry for 30 Q400s, as it prepares for the launch of Sutong Airlines.
The airframer adds that the carrier will start operations in 2015, with an all Bombardier fleet.