Bangladeshi air­line ex­pand­ing it sq 400 fleet with £81 mo rd er for three new bom­bardier turbo props

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

AERO­SPACE gi­ant Bom­bardier, which em­ploys around 4,000 peo­ple in Belfast, has se­cured a $106m (£81m) deal to sell three Q400 air­craft to a Bangladeshi air­line.

Bi­man Bangladesh Air­lines has or­dered the new Q400 tur­bo­props, which con­tain com­po­nents made in Belfast. It al­ready flies two of the air­craft.

Fran­cois Cog­nad, vice-pres­i­dent of Asia Pa­cific sales for Bom­bardier, said: “We are very pleased that Bi­man is ex­pand­ing its Q400 fleet with this or­der for three new air­craft.

“The Q400’s greater seat­ing and cargo ca­pac­ity re­ally set it apart from the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Fur­ther­more, the Q400’s mix of tur­bo­prop eco­nomics and jet­like performance were the best match for Bi­man’s mix of short and long-range routes.

“Op­er­a­tors com­ing back for more Q400 air­craft re­ally val­i­dates the ben­e­fits of the air­craft’s unique char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

AM Mosad­dique Ahmed, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bi­man Bangladesh Air­lines, said it was “very ex­cited” about the deal.

“With its out­stand­ing eco­nomics, com­fort and op­er­a­tional flex- ibil­ity, the Q400 will al­low us to of­fer high fre­quency ser­vices within Bangladesh and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries,” he said.

The deal was sup­ported by trade or­gan­i­sa­tion Cana­dian Com­mer­cial Cor­po­ra­tion (CCC).

Ian Mcleod of CCC said: “Canada and Bangladesh en­joy strong bi­lat­eral ties through trade and in­vest­ment de­vel­op­ment co-op­er­a­tion. In­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of the na­tional car­rier sup­ports these ef­forts and the eco­nomic growth of the coun­try.”

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