Firm order for two turboprops builds on company's track record in Africa
TORONTO—Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc. has firmed up an order from the government of Tanzania for two Q400 aircraft.
The deal for the pair of 76-seat turboprops is valued at US$62 million at list prices.
“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,” said Leonard Chamuriho, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication for Tanzania, said.
Chamuriho also said the level of support Bombardier is able to provide within Africa was important to the deal; the Canadian manufacturer operates Authorized Service Facilities in Ethiopia and South Africa.
The Montreal-based plane and train maker has now sold more than 50 Q400s to customers in Africa.