Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Tassili Airlines of Algiers, Algeria has placed a firm order for four 35-seat Bombardier Q200 turboprop aircraft.
The value of the contract based on the list price for the Q200 aircraft is approximately $74 million US.
This order for Q200 aircraft follows the announcement on July 31, 2006 of Tassili Airlines’ order for four 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Tassili will be the first operator of Q400 and Q200 aircraft in Algeria.
Tassili Airlines, a subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.
“The Q200 and the Q400 airliners will perform different roles,” said Capt. Rachid Nouar, Managing Director, Tassili Airlines. “The Q400 airliners will fly between Algiers and the oilfields in southern Algeria, while the Q200 aircraft will shuttle workers on shorter flights between the southern oilfields. We chose the Q200 turboprop because of its family commonality with the Q400 airliner. The Common Crew Qualification between the two aircraft will give us great operational flexibility.”
“We are gratified that Tassili Airlines has shown confidence in Bombardier regional aircraft by placing this order so soon after ordering the Q400 airliner,” said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “The Q400 and Q200 aircraft will complement each other very well in the Tassili operation.”
As of January 31, 2007, Bombardier had delivered 778 Q-Series aircraft to customers around the world.
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