Posted on: 03 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Steve Aliment, VP European sales, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, announced at the ERA General Assembly that Luxair has signed an order for one firm Q400 and one option.
“The firm aircraft in the order will take Luxair’s Q400 fleet to seven,” explained Aliment, noting that the airline has been a strong Q400 customer since 2006.
Aliment noted that Bombardeir how has more than 300 CRJs and around 140 Q400s operating across Europe, but recently had success in Russia with orders and strategic agreements. “The market there for the Q400 is, I believe, similar to the USA and Canada – where we have almost 100% market share – in terms of operating conditions,” he remarked.
Aliment also highlighted a trend he sees of Q400 operators looking to buy CSeries to complement their turboprops. “Good examples are airBaltic and Porter Airlines,” he indicated.
On the CSeries, Philippe Poutissou, the company’s VP of marketing, reported that FTV1 made its second flight, lasting 90 minutes, on 1 October. “The follow-up flight was exceptionally clean with no snags reported,” he said.
Poutissou also highlighted two new airlines set to be operators of the CSeries thanks to lease deals with Ilyushin Finance Corporation (IFC). UTAir has signed a Letter of Intent with IFC for five CS300s and VIM Airlines will also lease five of the type. The aircraft will come from IFC’s firm order for 32 CS300s which was announced earlier this year.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net