Vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4176 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2730 times:
Another new Q400 customer - Air Niugini orders two Bombardier Q400:
Toronto, October 2, 2009 – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen highspeed turboprop airliners. The airline has also taken an option for an additional Q400 NextGen airliner. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $60 million US which could increase to $92 million US if the option is exercised.
Air Niugini’s current fleet includes two Bombardier Dash 8-100 aircraft (one configured as a freighter), three 36-seat Q200 and three 50-seat Q300 aircraft. Formed in 1973, the airline
serves 23 domestic points plus ten international routes in Asia, Oceania and Australia.
“The Q400 NextGen aircraft follows in the footsteps of a long line of robust and reliable de
Havilland and Bombardier turboprops that have served our airline very well over the years,” said Wasantha Kumarasiri, Chief Executive Officer, Air Niugini. “The aircraft’s ‘hot and high’
capabilities and its ability to operate on shorter runways are especially important for our route network, while its speed, fuel-efficiency, low emissions and comfortable cabin were also key factors in our selection.”
Anyone in the know if these Q400s will be used for domestic flights or for international routes?
The article also mentions a DHC8-100 freighter - is there an official "conversion" kit? I wasn't ware that there are any DHC8 freighters around.