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PICTURE: Qazaq Air receives first purchased Q400

Bombardier has delivered the first of two Q400 turboprops ordered by Kazakhstan's Qazaq Air, a carrier that launched in 2015 using leased Q400s.

Qazaq's acting chief executive Adel Dauletbek accepted delivery of the aircraft in Toronto, saying the aircraft would help the carrier expand its network to more cities in Central Asia.

Almaty-based Qazaq has said it expects to take delivery of the second new Q400 from Bombardier in May, bringing the fleet to five of the turboprops.

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The carrier, which ordered the two aircraft from Bombardier in 2017, operates three leased Q400s.

Qazaq's network includes a dozen destinations. Most are in Kazakhstan, but the carrier also serves Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Bombardier has outstanding orders for about 55 Q400s. The company has said it intends to sell the turboprop programme to an affiliate of Viking Air this year.

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