Posted on: 30 September 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has unveiled Ryukyu Air Commuter as the airline which signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400s in July 2014 and in doing so the carrier becomes the launch customer of the Q400 cargo-combi variant announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014, with all five aircraft to be delivered in this configuration."Ryukyu Air Commuter shares a long history with Bombardier, collaborating since 1997 when we first introduced Japan to the Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft. Since then, the Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft has become the backbone of our efficient and productive operation," said Takashi Irei, president, Ryukyu Air Commuter. "We celebrate another first as we confirm that the Q400 combi aircraft is the ideal platform for our future fleet as we endeavour to offer comfort, reliability, and improved air transportation capabilities to our passengers, while supporting our local economies and communities with our extra cargo capability."Equipped with our new fleet of Q400 combi aircraft, Ryukyu Air Commuter looks forward to carrying many additional passengers as they enjoy travelling around Japan's Okinawa islands," added Irei.The Q400 combi aircraft is available in various configurations. In the layout that provides the highest payload capability, the aircraft offers up to 9,000 lb of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume. In this high-cargo version, the aircraft can comfortably accommodate 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch, and 58 at 29-inch seat pitch. The Q400 combi aircraft's "Class C" cargo compartments are designed to meet the industry's latest regulations.