Air Berlin Signs For 10 Turboprops
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed Wednesday a firm order from a
European airline for 10 Q400 turboprop aircraft plus 10 options,
announced on October 23, 2007, was placed by Air Berlin PLC of
Berlin, Germany. The airline had requested to remain unidentified
at the time of the announcement.
Based on the list price for the Q400 aircraft, the value of the
firm order contract is approximately $267 million US. If all
options are exercised, the contract value could rise to
approximately $540 million US.
Founded in 1978, Air Berlin has grown to become Germany's
second-largest airline with a fleet of 124 jets. The Q400 will be
the airline's first turboprop aircraft and will be configured with
76 passenger seats.
The third-largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Europe, Air Berlin
serves more than 100 destinations worldwide. The airline operates
flights to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as well
as to many popular holiday resorts. It also offers domestic flights
"We will be deploying our Q400 aircraft on routes that do not
require the seating capacity of our jet aircraft," said Joachim
Hunold, Chief Executive Officer, Air Berlin. "The Q400 aircraft
offers the combination of passenger capacity and comfort, speed,
economy of operation and environmental compatibility that we
"The selection of the Q400 aircraft by Air Berlin, a
leading-edge and profitable LCC, is recognition of the significant
cost benefit this aircraft brings to LCCs," said Steven Ridolfi,
President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The Q400 offers
outstanding performance and economics."