India's SpiceJet to buy up to 50 additional Bombardier Q400 turboprop planes

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No-frills airline SpiceJet on Tuesday announced plans to purchase 50 Q400 turboprop aircraft worth $1.7 billion (over Rs 10,900 crore) from Bombardier, a day after signing a pact for buying 40 Boeing 737 MAX planes.

The operator will use the new aircraft, which will be configured with 86 seats across two classes-economy with a 29-in. seat pitch and and premium economy with 33-to replace older Q400s, Philippine Airlines' CEO Jaime J. Bautista said at a joint press conference with Bombardier at the Paris Air Show.

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At present, SpiceJet operates a fleet of 20 Q400 aircraft which would grow to 45 by 2020. The acquisition will help us further increase connectivity to smaller towns and cities and help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly.

Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, an order could be valued at up to United States dollars 1.7 billion. The move comes as it looks to grow its regional footprint in India and nearby global destinations such as Sri Lanka.

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Boeing claims that Bombardier sold Delta Airlines 75 of its new C-Series planes for $19.6 million apiece, way below production cost. "It's great to have SpiceJet step up, not just to order a handful of aircraft but really point to the Q400 as a key strategic tool for them as they continue to build out their network".

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. "Ethiopian is an Authorized Service Facility for Q400 aircraft and operates the only Q400 aircraft flight simulator in Africa". Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Bombardier, Q400 and Q Series are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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