South Africa’s CemAir has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to acquire two Q400 turboprops.
Bombardier announced the signature of the LOI at the Paris Air Show on 21 June. Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, a firm order would be valued at approximately US$65 million.
“We are proud of the Q Series turboprops’ continued success in Africa. Our operators appreciate their outstanding economics and performance, and we are delighted that CemAir intends to add new Q400 aircraft to its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft”, said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa.
“With their impressive short runway performance and the flexibility it brings to our operations, the Q Series turboprops have allowed us to build our network and fly passengers from more airports,” said Miles van der Molen, Chief Executive Officer, CemAir. “We are looking forward to the addition of these brand new Q400 aircraft which will help us support our growth and increase connectivity in South Africa.”
With the two Q400s, CemAir would increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17 – including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft. CemAir also operates seven Beechcraft 1900Ds.
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 585 Q400 aircraft.