Deliveries of the extraordinary Bombardier Q400 airliner reached a milestone today when Austrian Airlines Group accepted the 100th Q400 airliner built. The aircraft is the 9th 72-seat Q400 from a firm order for 10, and will be flown under the Austrian arrows banner by Tyrolean Airways, a wholly owned unit of Austrian Airlines Group, based at Innsbruck.
The Austrian arrows fleet includes nine Bombardier Q400, 12 50-seat Bombardier Q300 and 17 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft.
"The Bombardier Q400 is a very valuable asset for us in the highly competitive and expensive European marketplace," said Johann Messner, Managing Director, Tyrolean Airways. "It is quiet, it is very economical to operate and it is fast. On a typical flight, the difference between the Q400 and a jet is about five minutes, but the Q400 consumes far less fuel."
Environmentally, noise and emissions from the Bombardier Q400 aircraft are well below the maximums set by international convention. Exhaust emissions at take-off are, in fact, invisible to the naked eye. In addition, the exceptional climb capability of the Q400 aircraft quickly carries it above the airport and surrounding territory, lessening the noise impact in those areas.
Achievement of this 100th milestone follows the recent delivery of the 700th Bombardier Q Series Dash 8 aircraft overall, a Q400 which was delivered to FlyBE of the United Kingdom, during January 2005.
"Regional airlines worldwide are facing tremendous economic pressures. The Bombardier Q400 aircraft changes the rules of the game. It offers spectacularly low operating costs, jet speed, and superior cabin comfort, " said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The Q400 aircraft represents the way for the industry to grow the business and the bottom line at the same time. It delivers turboProfits."
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