Posted on: 07 June 2012 by Mark Howells
The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) of Russia has awarded aircraft type approval to Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop for operation in Russia and the CIS.
“As part of Bombardier’s global expansion strategy, Russia and the CIS are key international growth markets. The type approval of the Q400 aircraft by the IAC is therefore a significant milestone in our growing presence in the region,” noted Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 aircraft will deliver great performance and flexibility for operators seeking to meet the unique environmental challenges and longer distances in Russia and the CIS.”
The Type Certificate was presented to Bombardier in a ceremony at IAC headquarters in Moscow.
“Russian carriers have been using Bombardier regional aircraft since 2003,” observed Steve Aliment, vice-president sales, Europe, Russia and CIS, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Currently, more than 80 Bombardier Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets are in service in Russia and the CIS and we’re pleased that the Q400 turboprops will soon be joining the local fleet, and deepening our commitment to the Russia and CIS markets.”
Starting from a base of approximately 800 commercial aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat category that are currently operating in the region, Bombardier’s 20-year commercial aviation market forecast projects deliveries of 460 units in this market segment to Russia and the CIS through to 2030. These projected deliveries amount to one-fifth of the total demand for Europe according to the forecast.