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PARIS 2009: No urgency for Q400-X but ?part of our future,? says Bombardier?s Scott

15th June 2009 - 20:28 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Bombardier Aerospace does not feel any urgency to launch a stretched version of its Q400 turboprop, according to Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Commonly referred to as the Q400-X, the stretch of the aircraft (which can currently be configured with up to 78 seats) is still part of a feasibility study, Scott confirmed. “We don’t feel any great urgency to launch the aircraft, particularly as the current aircraft is still so much in demand,” he commented, “but it is still part of our future.”

Asked how long the current aircraft could live as a standalone, when competing against a family of aircraft from ATR, Scott remarked, “It’s hard to pick a time period. Some customers would take the aircraft today if we had it. We’ll wait for a groundswell in the demand to push us into a launch.”

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/

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