Bombardier reputed to be the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains revealed that more than 40 Q400 and Q400 NextGen
aircraft are currently on firm order or under service by Ethiopia’s national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines and ten other operators in Africa. The company’s two other models CSeries aircraft and CRJ family of aircraft are also available in Africa.
Eric Martel President of Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft told Capital in an exclusive interview that part of the 40 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft that are currently under order are a segment of the company’s plan to deliver approximately 180 business jets in 2012.
Eric also said Africa is forecasted to take delivery of 550 new commercial aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat segment over the next 20 year period from 2012 to 2031, according to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Market Forecast. Most of the growth is expected in the 100 to 149 seat segment of the market, with the remainder in the 60 to 99 seat segment.
The company says the global expansion strategy has been aided in a number of recent orders and new operators in emerging markets, such as RwandAir in Rwanda, SpiceJet in India, Garuda Indonesia in Indonesia, China Express in China, and Eurolot in Poland.
The Bombardier Commercial Aircraft family consists of the CSeries single-aisle aircraft, the CRJ NextGen regional jets and the Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft. Spanning the 60 to 149 seat segments of the commercial aircraft market, these jet and turboprop aircraft deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, passenger comfort and minimal operating costs.
Back in February Bombardier had announced that, based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the Ethiopian Airlines firm order for five Q400 NextGen aircraft (including three to be operated by its affiliate ASKY Airlines of Togo), valued at approximately USD160 million increasing the number of Q400 NextGen aircraft to be ordered by the airline to 13.
Ethiopian is not the only Ethiopian airlines Bombardier has business with, Trans Nation Airways (previously called Midroc Aviation), an Ethiopian chartered aircraft company, operates two Bombardier Q200 aircraft.
Bombardier which is headquartered in Montréal, Canada has shares that are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and were listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the company posted revenues of USD 18.3 billion.
It is present in more than 60 countries, with 76 production and engineering sites among them. The company has 70,000 employees engaged in creating aerospace and rail transportation products designed to be adapted for the travelers of today and tomorrow.