The Government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners from Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The deal, announced on 25 July, will see the aircraft delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration. They will be used for commercial airline operations in the region, Bombardier said.
Based on the list price of the Q400 airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately US$62 million.
“Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions,” said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication, Tanzania. “We are committed to providing state-of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region.
“Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations,” added Dr. Chamuriho.
Bombardier has a large number of Dash 8/Q-Series and CRJ jet customers in Africa. Approximately 160 aircraft – including more than 50 Q400 turboprops — are in service with, or ordered by, approximately 40 customers and operators on the continent.
Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in Africa includes a Regional Support Office (RSO) and spare parts depot, co-located in Johannesburg, as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia.