Q400 enters South America with Aires of Colombia

Aires of Colombia has become the first Q400 operator in South America, with the introduction of four previously owned 78-seat turboprops.

The airline’s fleet also includes 11 Bombardier Dash 8/Q200 turboprops, as well as mainline jets.

“The first Dash 8 turboprop was introduced into our fleet in 1994, and Bombardier’s Dash 8-100, Q200 and Q300 aircraft have been very good for us,” remarked Francisco Mendez, chief executive officer, Aires. “With our requirement for additional seating capacity, we decided that our fleet should remain largely based on Bombardier aircraft with our acquisition of the Q400 turboprop.”

“We welcome Aires as the newest operator of the Q400 and the first on the South American continent,” commented Gary Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 is ideally suited to the short- and medium-haul routes in the Aires network and will offer the airline outstanding performance and economics with a reduced environmental impact.”

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