Bombardier's efforts to iron out supply chain challenges associated with its Q400 programme have born fruit, with the airframer positioning itself to achieve an output similar to the level it produced during fiscal year 2007-08.

Although the Canadian manufacturer is cutting Learjet and Challenger production rates and laying off 1,360 workers, rising demand for its largest turboprop has prompted it to increase output.

Production of Bombardier's Q200 and Q300 turboprops will cease mid-year. However, the firm has not yet discussed the potential workforce transition to Q400 production.

The company believes the Q400 is well positioned to attract business despite the current economic climate, a view backed up by Porter Airlines, which has revealed it is eyeing an order for more Q400s and the confirmation that Pinnacle Airlines' subsidiary Colgan Air has agreed options on an additional 15 Q400s.

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Source: Flight International