India's SpiceJet orders 15 Bombardier Q400s
India-based SpiceJet has placed a firm order for 15 of Bombardier’s Q400 NextGen turboprops.
The order is worth US $446 million at list prices. An additional 15 options, potentially worth the same amount, are attached to the order.
"India is witnessing substantial growth, and predominant growth is expected from cities and industrial towns which remain underserved," said Kalanithi Maran, chairman, SpiceJet.
"As India's most preferred low-fare airline, we are focused on catering to these markets which require an aircraft that could increase the reach to over 60 airports that could not be served by the larger jets and establishing our footprint in these markets. After an evaluation of all the aircraft in the 60- to 80-seat category, we have selected the Q400 NextGen airliner, which combines excellent reliability, economics and passenger comfort."
SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Like other plane makers, Bombardier is keen to establish a strong foothold in India.
This year, it opened a new Regional Support Office (RSO) in Mumbai and it plans more as it aims to develop a support network on the ground in the country.
The Q400 NextGen is a 70-80 seat turboprop plane, positioned as an ideal choice for short inter-city routes within a country.