By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi-based corporate jets firm signs agreement with Bombardier Aerospace
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed an order with Bombardier Aerospace for two Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, it was announced on Monday.
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen turboprop, the order is valued at approximately $61 million, a statement said.
Falcon Aviation is based at Al Bateen Executive Airport and operates a fleet of corporate jets conducting VIP charter flights, and a fleet of helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas industry.
The company also conducts search and rescue, aircraft management, maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as consulting operations.
Mahmoud Ismael, chief operating officer, Falcon Aviation Services, said: "The Q400 NextGen turboprop's powerful engines and its Auxiliary Power Unit make it an ideal aircraft in our part of the world and allows us to offer our services to more of our clients in the region.
"With this acquisition, we are diversifying our business model and offering a broader range of services to our clients.
Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added: "Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are proving their high value by operating in all kinds of diverse environments, such as cold weather conditions in Canada and Eastern Europe; hot, arid environments in the Middle East and Northern Africa; and the humid, mountainous environments in Western North America and sub-Saharan Africa.
"We are delighted that Falcon Aviation Services has chosen to add Q400 NextGen aircraft to the company's fleet."
Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 295 million passengers and have logged over 4.7 million flight hours and more than 5 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft programme includes 50 customers and operators in over 30 countries.
Including the order from Falcon Aviation Services, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 486 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.