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Austrian Airlines orders Four New Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

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Austrian Airlines has signed a contract to purchase four Bombardier Q400 NextGen Series Aircraft and two additional options. At the same time as incorporating these aircraft into its fleet, the Austrian Airlines Group will release the final two Dash 8-300 non Q  (OE-LTD and OE-LTF) and two Canadair CRJ from use. The new aircraft will be delivered consecutively to Austrian Airlines in 2010. The delivery dates are May, June, September and November 2010.

Austrian's Chief Operations Officer Dr. Peter Malanik said, “The Dash 8-400 has proven itself to be a highly reliable, safe and environmentally friendly turboprop. We have made some 135,000 takeoffs and landings using the aircraft without any problems whatsoever. Using the four aircraft is of major benefit to us in technology, performance and efficiency terms. Additionally, the Q400 NextGen offers increased passenger comfort due to its well known high cruising speed and adaptations to the cabin including special soundproofing, larger overhead bins, a new LED-based lighting system and improved aesthetics.”

Manfred Helldoppler, Managing Director of Tyrolean Airways, added “The Bombardier Q400 NextGen is the ideal scheduled aircraft for the regional market, and perfect for use on our short haul routes in Central and Eastern Europe. The new purchase sees us continuing to optimise the existing Austrian arrows fleet and keeping the average age of our aircraft below the European average.”

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