Bombardier Aerospace has showcased a Q400 NextGen aircraft in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event included a demonstration flight for Air Kazakhstan.
"The Q400 NextGen turboprop is ideally suited for the geographically diverse regions in Central Asia," said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400 NextGen aircraft is the most advanced turboprop on the market and has the speed and range required to service the Kazakh market with the highest standards of safety, reliability and passenger comfort. Importantly too, the Q400 NextGen aircraft has proven its capability in very hot, as well as extreme cold weather conditions - having been certified for operations in temperatures as low as -54 degrees C.
"With operating costs that are significantly lower than other in-production, 70-seat aircraft, the Q400 NextGen aircraft offers airlines a distinct advantage," added Jones.
Bombardier says the Central Asia region is experiencing a demand for modern aircraft as older, less efficient designs present ongoing challenges to airlines given high fuel costs and heightened environmental concerns.