Austrian regional airline Tyrolean Airways has placed a firm order for three 50-seat Dash 8Q Series 300 and one 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet Series 200B LR aircraft with Canada's Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

The value of the order is approximately $65 million. Deliveries of the four aircraft will be completed by the end of 1997.

"Our first three very quiet Dash 8Q Series 300 aircraft have drawn such praise from our passengers that we are accelerating the replacement of our older Dash 8 Series 300 models," says Fritz A Feitl, president and CEO of Tyrolean .

The new RJ becomes the eighth Canadair Regional Jet in the Tyrolean fleet, and will help the airline meet expected traffic growth.

The airline expects to carry 1.52 million passengers in 1997, up from 1.43 million in 1996.

"We are very proud to continue our long-standing partnership with Tyrolean Airways," says John Howarth, vice-president, international sales at Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

"The airline started with a single de Havilland Dash 7 in 1980 and introduced the Dash 8 to Europe in 1985.

"With the addition of the new Dash 8Q Series 400 late in 1999, Tyrolean will have a genuine family of aircraft with the economic benefits of commonality."

Source: Flight Daily News