Yakutia to take Q400s from Luxair

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Siberian carrier Yakutia Airlines is to acquire three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s from Luxair, according to one source.

The three Q400s (MSNs 4159, 4162 and 4171) were built in 2007 and operated by the Luxemburg-based carrier.

The Q400 model received type certification from Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee in June.

Alexei Struchkov, vice-premier of the Yakutia republic, had said earlier this year that the Q400 could be an optimal replacement for Antonov An-24s used on intra-regional services.

In August, Yakutia Airlines announced it had selected Bombardier turboprop aircraft as an alternative to its costly Russian-built An-140s.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, Yakutia Airlines operates two Antonov An-140s, 12 An-24s, one An-26, three Tupolev 154Ms, four Boeing 737-700s, three 737-800s and six 757-200s. It also has an order for two Superjet 95s.

Luxair operates another six Q400s in its fleet, with five more on option.