Bombardier Delivers its First Q400 Cargo-Combi Aircraft to Ryukyu Air Commuter.
Today news broke of the delivery and acceptance of the very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft. The love-child of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Ryukyu Air Commuter Co., Ltd (RAC) of Okinawa, Japan is one of five ordered by RAC. The airline was established in 1985 and started operations on 17 February 1985. It is owned by Japan Transocean Air (72.9%), other shareholders (22.0%) and Okinawa Prefecture (5.1%).
“We are very excited to be the launch operator for the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft,” said Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter. “We always aim to offer the highest level of comfort and convenience for our customers and the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft offers the ideal platform for the evolution of our service. Increasing efficient air travel options around Japan’s Okinawa islands will provide strong economic and leisure advantages.”
The Q400 cargo-combi aircraft offers the greatest payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment, and is the only commercial turboprop available today offering various configurations. The aircraft has 9,000 lb of cargo capability and can comfortably accommodate up to 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch, and 58 at 29-inch seat pitch, all of which are designed to meet and exceed the industry’s most up-to-date regulations regarding passenger seating and cargo compartments.
Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It is the industry’s standard in regards to its in-flight performance, passenger comfort and advances in technology. Thanks to its combination of turboprop attributes, jet-like features, industry-leading passenger experience and environmental footprint, the Q400 aircraft is exceptionally versatile and can be adapted to a variety of business models. Among its decided advantages over previous models as well as existing aircrafts, are the almost 30% reduction in fuel usage, carbon emissions, and maintenance costs. Its large propellers operate at a lower RPM, generating more power with less noise and making it a friendly option for city centres.
The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries worldwide and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 6 million flight hours. The aircraft has transported more than 370 million passengers worldwide. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing community. To date Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 547 Q400 aircraft.
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