Posted on: 22 April 2010 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Aerospace has celebrated the delivery its 300th Q400 turboprop, the milestone aircraft being the 20th of the type to join Porter Airlines’ fleet.
During a special ceremony on Earth Day 2010 at Bombardier’s Toronto facility, Robert Deluce, president and chief executive officer, Porter Airlines, commented, "Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop is one of the foundations that made our growth possible. It is fast, economical to operate, passengers enjoy its comfort and it has very low noise and emissions outputs that make it the ideal aircraft for Toronto’s downtown airport. We remain very proud to be the first Canadian airline to operate this superb made-in-Toronto aircraft."
Shortly after his comments, Deluce, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott, and the estimated 1,500 guests watched a special flypast of another Porter Airlines Q400 to mark the occasion. Born out of the Dash 8 programme, the Q400 aircraft stands out as the most successful of the family having eclipsed the previous delivery record of 299 set by the Dash 8 Series 100.
Photo shows Porter president and CEO Robert Deluce (left) and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott as a Porter Q400 makes a celebratory pass over Bombardier’s Downsview, Toronto, facility.