TORONTO—A regional airline based in Almaty, Kazakhstan has signed a firm purchase order for a pair of Bombardier Q400s.
The Canadian-made turboprops are worth US$66.8 million at list prices and will come close to doubling Qazaq Air’s small fleet. Launched just two years ago, the company currently operates three Q400s.
“Since the inauguration of Qazaq Air services within Kazakhstan in 2015, the Q400 has continued to prove itself in their operations and we are excited by this further endorsement of the Q400s superior operating characteristics,” said Ryan DeBrusk, vice-president of the Montreal plane maker’s sales for Europe, Russia and a number of former Soviet countries.
Qazaq said the two new planes will help it expand to new routes within Kazakhstan, as well as offer new routes beyond the central Asian country.