Toronto, Canada – Bombardier Aerospace
officials have announced that Hawaii Island Air Inc. (Island Air) has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners
and has also taken options for four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered with a dual-class, 71-seat configuration. Island Air is Hawaii’s leading regional airline and second oldest carrier.
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately US$60.9 million. The value could increase to US$188 million should Island Air exercise all its options.
“As part of our ongoing restructuring and expansion strategy, the Island Air team considered a number of aircraft and we are pleased to announce the selection of the Q400 NextGen turboprop. With its superior speed, performance, and fuel efficiency; outstanding operational flexibility; and market-leading passenger comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is the optimal solution for our needs,” said Paul Casey, president and chief executive officer, Island Air.
“We are pleased to partner with Bombardier as Island Air moves to redefine regional travel within the Hawaiian Islands and offer our passengers the premium product they expect. The Q400 NextGen aircraft is clearly the most suitable airliner for Island Air and will provide a superior passenger experience coupled with unbeatable performance. My experience with Bombardier over the years has been nothing but positive which has further led to our selection of the Q400 NextGen aircraft for the next chapter of Island Air,” said Island Air’s owner, Larry Ellison.
“We are proud to welcome Island Air back to the Bombardier family and we are excited to see the Q400 NextGen airliner take to Hawaiian skies,” said Ryan DeBrusk, regional vice president, sales, Americas, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Island Air currently offers flights to and from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai, and Kauai.
The Q400 NextGen aircraft, which is built at Bombardier’s Toronto, Ontario facility, is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft, an all-new design that entered service in 2000 to address the needs of the evolving market. Optimized for short-haul operations, the Q400 NextGen aircraft provides a balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.
Including Island Air’s order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 495 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 295 million passengers and have logged over 4.7 million flight hours and more than 5 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes over 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries on five continents.
Source: Bombardier Aerospace