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Air Berlin's new Q400 is ready for take-off

7th November 2008 - 15:28 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Air Berlin is operate its first Q400 turboprop service on 10 November. At 6:35am, the first of 10 aircraft, D-ABQA will operate the Düsseldorf to Stuttgart route.

In the future, this plane will serve this flight route up to five times a day. Air Berlin ordered the aircraft from Bombardier in March 2008. An option to buy ten additional aircraft was also signed at the time. The entire order will be financed through HSH Nordbank.

As Joachim Hunold, Air Berlin's CEO said: "The use of these comfortable and fuel-efficient turboprops that can travel at a speed approaching that of jets enables us to obtain a significant cost reduction over the previously deployed Fokker 100 aircraft and to make an active contribution to protecting the environment. At full capacity, the Q400 only consumes 2.76 litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres, while emitting 30 percent less CO2 than jets of a comparable size. Furthermore, thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the Q400 is also the quietest in its class."

The 76-seat Q400s will be leased to Air Berlin's cooperation partner, LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH, which will deploy them in Air Berlin's flight network, primarily on short routes. The next Q400 is expected to be delivered by the end of November 2008 and will serve the routes from Düsseldorf to Paris, Dresden and Hamburg. The Dortmund-based LGW - Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH was founded in 1980 and currently has a fleet of six Dornier 228 turboprops. The airline company Walter has been operating domestic flights in Germany for Air Berlin since 2007.

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