Posted on: 10 November 2014 by Mark Howells
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a firm order with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for three Q400 NextGens, thus converting three of the five options included in a Letter of Intent (LOI) announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014.
"Our fleet of Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow us to present operators with a host of aviation solutions from leasing to turnkey operations that will offer avenues for increased profitability," said Falcon’s COO, Captain Mahmoud Ismael. "The African market is expanding at a faster pace than the global economy and the need for optimised and safe air transport solutions is instrumental in the development of the continent. Our co-operation with Bombardier is growing and – following the recent lease of our first Q400 NextGen aircraft to Senegal Airlines – we look forward to announcing additional successful placements of Q400 NextGen aircraft into Africa in the near future."
During a signing ceremony held at Bombardier's Mirabel, Quebec facility to commemorate the order, Falcon was represented by Captain Mahmoud Ismael, Chief Operating Officer, while Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's team included Mike Arcamone, President and John Kassis, Regional Vice President, Sales, the Middle East and Africa.
"The Q400 aircraft is very well suited to the African market. It offers jet-like speed and excellent range to cover the large distances; competitive operational costs; and additional seating capacity. Combined, these features are ideal for the development of air transport hubs," declared John Kassis, Bombardier’s regional vice-president, sales, Middle East and Africa.