Posted on: 14 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) has awarded type certification approval to its 86-seat Q400 aircraft for operation in the region.
The news follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and Brazil in July this year with the aim of bringing together key public and private stakeholders from each country to discuss collaboration and cooperation in areas such as airport development, air navigation and safety.
“Expanding our commercial aircraft presence in the Latin American market is key to our global expansion strategy and obtaining the Q400 aircraft's type certification marks an important step in placing aircraft in the region,” explained Alex Glock, Bombardier’s regional vice president of sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. “With its operational capability and versatility, the modern, reliable and fuel-efficient Q400 aircraft will serve the growth-oriented needs of Brazil's airline industry and prove to be an excellent asset to local operators' portfolios as they look to expand routes, right-size and develop their networks.”
“The addition of the Q400 aircraft's type certification is significant for Brazil, which continues to evolve as a result of organic growth and local investment in infrastructure,” averred Dino Ishikura, airworthiness superintendent at ANAC. “We are pleased to certify the aircraft, reflecting the advancements being made to Brazil's regional aviation landscape.”
The Type Certificate was presented to Bombardier in a ceremony held at ANAC's offices in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has a regional sales and marketing office and parts services depot in Sao Paulo. The Latin American sales, marketing and customer services teams will now be strengthened further to fully support the region.
Bombardier's current 20-year commercial aviation market forecast projects deliveries of 1,150 units in the 60 to 150 seat category to Latin America and the Caribbean (including Mexico) through 2034. Of these units, 450 units are expected to be in the Q Series 60 to 100 seat segment, while most of the remainder will be in the 100 to 150-seat segment.