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Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB  
User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

Yemen flag-carrier Yemenia is to acquire six Bombardier Q400 turboprops to start a new regional operation called Al-Saeeda and is set to firm up its order for Airbus A350 XWB aircraft at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show.

Another one for Dubai.


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 5061 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

This is great news. Looks like the Q400 is warming up! This aircraft is also a great fit for IY/Al-Saeeda who have a much more extensive domestic network than other airlines based on the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemenia currently deploys 738s domestically to really small catchment areas. This is a waste of a jet that could be used elsewhere and of course empty seats are bad for the bottom line. I see the Qs being deployed to domestic non-coastal destinations. Namely, Ataq, Seiyun and Taiz. I flew to Taiz from Sana'a and there were as many FAs as pax on that flight!
This will free up 738s to fly to east Africa and South Asia.


User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Can somebody enlighten us to how many more carrier of the old A350's need to be changed to the XWB.



User currently offlineLH506 From Ecuador, joined May 2007, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

Quoting KL808 (Reply 2):
Can somebody enlighten us to how many more carrier of the old A350's need to be changed to the XWB.



Out of my head:

Orders for the old version, but no public statement yet, whether they will convert or not:
Air Europe

Not firmly converted yet, but announced conversion to XWB

Signed MOU for old version but never signed firm contract

NOT FLOWN: 707 717 736/9 764 77L 788 300B2 300B4 345 359 RJ70/146-100 F27 ATR72 CRJ1/4/10 E120/135/40 Q1/2/3 M87
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13267 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Interesting to see that IY has some big expansion plans; it is talking about 10 A350s, versus the two A330s and four A310s now operated; the A350 will be a considerable capacity increase over the A310s.

Here's IY's latest 738, 7O-ADQ:

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The arrival of the Dash 8-Q400s will take 738s off domestic routes and release them for more regional ops.

Interesting also to see that the Dash 8 hasn't been too badly affected by the recent grounding; this is the second major order for the type in the past few days.

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