Posted on: 23 September 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Plans for a stretch version of Bombardier’s Q400, with 90-100 seats, are unlikely to be dropped, according to Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Commenting on progress of the aircraft, dubbed the Q400X, Scott remarked, “I definitely think there’s an aircraft like this in our future. There’s too much interest from our customers to not do it.”
Scott added, however, that the company has no fixed time by which it wants to launch the aircraft. He denied any thoughts of waiting for a Q400X launch until the current aircraft needs replacing. “We’ll continue to update the existing platform,” he noted. “We may one day have a new platform, but we still have a long way to go with the current platform.”
Scott emphasised the company’s ongoing belief in the current platform by pointing out that the 1,000th aircraft in the Q Series/Dash 8 family is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net