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Nok Air Becomes Launch Customer of New 86-Seat Q400 Aircraft

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Nok Air, a low-cost Thai airline, has signed a firm order with Bombardier for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners with options for an additional two and purchase rights on four others.

 Nok Air will also be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option, which will allow the Q400 NextGen aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers.

Nok Air operates from Don Muang Airport in Bangkok

Nok Air operates from Don Muang Airport in Bangkok.

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately US$63 million. The value would increase to US$258 million should Nok Air exercise its options and purchase rights.

Nok Air strives to offer to all the freedom to fly as a convenient and affordable means of transportation, said Mr. Patee Sarasin, Chief Executive Officer, Nok Air. With an unmatched balance of speed, payload, low maintenance costs and superior comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow us to operate more efficiently, as we enhance service on current routes and expand to new destinations. This flexibility will make point-to-point regional air service more accessible to Thai people, in addition to stimulating provincial economic growth.

Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added, We are delighted that Nok Air will not only be the first to operate the Q400 NextGen aircraft in the Southeast Asia region, but also be the launch customer for our new extra capacity option. Specifically tailored to airlines looking at further increasing the productivity of their aircraft, the extra capacity seating option enables the Q400 NextGen aircraft to offer increased revenues and flexibility, as well as best-in-class seat mile costs.

Torbjorn Karlsson, Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, said, The extra capacity seating option will give the Q400 NextGen aircraft an advantage of up to 7% fuel burn per seat and an overall operating seat cost advantage of up to 17% compared to its closest turboprop competitor.

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