CemAir has ordered two Q400 turboprops from Bombardier, and also signed a lease agreement for a used Q400.
Bombardier announced the deals on 29 November, saying that the leased Q400 was delivered in November, paving the way for the new aircraft to be delivered afterwards.
The letter of Intent (LOI) from CemAir, which was signed on June 21 at the 2017 Paris Air Show, has now been converted into a firm order.
Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$66 million.
“We are delighted that CemAir has selected the Q400 aircraft to expand its fleet”, said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 is the next natural step in the growth of CemAir’s fleet of Bombardier CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft, as it brings more flexibility to increase the capacity on key routes while their aircraft’s superior performance and unbeatable economics support CemAir’s growing market position against competitive forces. The Q400 will open several market opportunities to CemAir on domestic and future regional routes.”
“CemAir has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years and this has come from our focused approach on selecting the right aircraft for our operation”, said Miles van der Molen, CEO, CemAir. “The Q400 is a fantastic performer especially in our environment of high altitudes and hot operating temperatures. It is really an unbeatable turboprop that brings so many jet-like features to ensure a competitive and operational advantage in our market. We see the Q400 as the ideal growth solution for our scheduled and charter operations as we continue to strengthen our relationship with Bombardier. We are working to expand our scheduled operations beyond South Africa and continuing to support new opportunities across the continent.”
With these Q400 aircraft, CemAir will increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17 – including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft. CemAir recently added a used CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet, the first in South Africa.
CemAir operates a domestic and regional airline service in and around South Africa. The airline owns and operates a fleet of 21 regional aircraft including the Bombardier CRJ 100/200, the Bombardier Dash-8 Q300 and Dash-8 Q100 and the Beechcraft 1900D.