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BBD; Bigger Q...eventually...Flybe Wants It  
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 6363 posts, RR: 33
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Bombardier says they are going to build a bigger Q400...but the time has to be right. Flybe wants a 90 seater as soon as they can get them.


Scott's remarks came just a few weeks after Jim French, chairman and CEO of Flybe, a big Q400 customer, urged Bombardier to "build the 90-seat Q400."

This comes as BBD has been laying off people in their CRJ division and hiring in the Q and CSeries divisions.

How much of a push will they need to stretch the Q?

What the...?
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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16737 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Quoting JoeCanuck (Thread starter):
Bombardier says they are going to build a bigger Q400...but the time has to be right

I would guess that the right time would be whenever fuel goes through the roof again and airlines go scrambling for more efficient planes.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 7523 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1685 times:

I think this will be a welcome aircraft that would have sold like hotcakes over the past two years, but now may end up trickling until fuel picks up. The problem is that 2013/14 is quite a ways away. Carriers wanting larger aircraft will either have to order larger jets (like the CR9/10 or E190/195) or simply keep ordering the existing Q400 and risk spilling traffic to competitors.

I would definitely think that both FlyBe and Horizon would find plenty of uses for these planes. I wonder, though, if they might instead decide to go for a "keesje" 5 abreast turboliner or whatever it is he calls it. It could take a little longer - say 2016 - but have the potential to grow into something more substantial.

How they would finance this project is another question entirely, and with their history, it would probably be shelved, resurrected, marketed, put on hold, then finally gain traction, but only after one or two competitors had also entered the fray.


Make it a double
User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

I'm going to take a wild stab at the name - the Q500 Big grin

With the possibility of this and the CRJ1000 BBD is becoming the manufacturer of flying spaghetti Big grin

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