Congo Airways puts its first Q400 into service

Kinshasa-based Congo Airways, the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been welcomed to the family of Q400 aircraft customers and operators by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The airline, which began operations in October 2015, has now launched Q400 service with a previously owned 76-seat aircraft acquired from a third party.

"Since our inception, we have been looking at aircraft that would allow us to access new routes and destinations that are not currently serviceable by the larger aircraft in our fleet. The technologically advanced Q400 turboprop will help us open routes, increase passenger traffic and contribute to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's overall economy and development," explained Claude Kirongozi, chief executive officer, Congo Airways. "The Q400 aircraft complements our fleet portfolio, growth strategy and operations, while providing excellent passenger comfort."

"We welcome Congo Airways to the Bombardier family and congratulate the airline on the entry-into-service of its first Q400 aircraft," added Colin Bole, senior vice-president, commercial, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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