Bombardier and RwandAir announce delivery of first dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered new dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft to RwandAir of Kigali, the national airline of Rwanda.
RwandAir placed the order for the aircraft in April last year.
Speaking about the latest delivery, Nyirubutama said: "The Q400 NextGen aircraft will position us well to offer increased capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft and is the right aircraft to develop our growing domestic and regional markets.
"The Q400 NextGen aircraft's modern cabin and superior performance will also help us build new markets where regional air service today is served by older-generation jets. The aircraft will firmly support RwandAir on our path towards growth and increased profitability."
Bombardier's Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops, optimised for short-distance operations, have received 486 firm orders.
With the new delivery, RwandAir has become one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in Africa.
RwandAir also marks the fourth carrier operating the dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft among the five customers that have ordered this configuration to date.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone said: "As one of our newest and fast-growing customers, RwandAir is serving Africa's expanding domestic and international markets and we are delighted that another Bombardier aircraft will be used to further develop the airline's network of short and medium-haul destinations."
Image: Representatives from Bombardier and RwandAir exchange of ceremonial signing documents after the delivery of first Q400 NextGen aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.