Cargo Operator To Purchase Five Aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace welcomed last
week's announcement that Nord-Flyg of Eskilstuna, Sweden has
launched a Q400 PF (Package Freighter) program with two previously-
owned aircraft, which will be re-configured by Cascade Aerospace of
Abbotsford, British Columbia. Nord-Flyg said it had also signed a
Letter of Intent to acquire three additional Q400 PF aircraft from
a third party.
The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to Nord-Flyg in
the last quarter of 2008 for its overnight package delivery
services in Europe.
"The Q400 PF aircraft will fill a gap because there is no other
turboprop in the freight business that offers a 360-knot (667 km/h)
speed and can comfortably fly more than the 700 nautical miles
(1,296 km) required for our operations" said Ulf Darenius,
President, Nord-Flyg. "Based on current fuel prices, the Q400 PF
aircraft will save us approximately US $1.8 million based on an
annual utilization of 1,200 hours, compared to a jet of similar
size. Air Navigation and weight-related charges are also
anticipated to be 30 per cent less than those faced by the
"Nord-Flyg is convinced that the Q400 PF aircraft will be
welcomed by the industry because of its ability to perform at
jet-like speeds on both long- and short-haul route segments," Mr.
Darenius continued. "Our fleet of competitive and efficient Q400 PF
aircraft will open up an entirely new segment in freighter
As a Package Freighter, the Q400 PF aircraft will have a maximum
payload of 19,800 pounds (8,981 kg). With an 18,519-pound (8,400
kg) payload, the Q400 PF aircraft can fly 1,120 nm (2,075 km) at
long-range cruise speed.
"In addition to its firefighting role with Securite Civile in
France, this is the second conversion of a Q400 aircraft into a
non-airline configuration, although Dash 8-Q100/200/300 aircraft
are flying specialized missions all over the world. This
illustrates the versatility of the basic design and engineering of
the aircraft," said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "Now we welcome Nord-Flyg to the Q400 aircraft family and
wish them every success."
As of April 30, 2008, Bombardier had delivered 200 Q400 aircraft
to operators around the world.