Conair, one of the world's leading providers of
fixed wing aerial firefighting aircraft, has purchased six
Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
The firm order is valued at
approximately US$206 million at current list prices.
Conair operates the world's largest fleet of
privately owned fixed wing airtankers and supplies specialty
aerial firefighting aircraft and products worldwide.
Q400 production aircraft will be modified to incorporate an
enhanced version of Conair's proprietary Retardant Delivery
System. In the Q400 Multirole configuration, the retardant tank
can be removed and reinstalled in the field in a few hours. This
enables the aircraft to efficiently perform additional roles in
emergency response, passenger and cargo transport, medivac, and
coastal patrol without compromising its exceptional firefighting
"The enhanced Q400 Multirole has the most
advanced airtanker capabilities of any aircraft in service today,"
said Barry Marsden, Chairman & CEO, Conair. "The Q400 Multirole's
versatility delivers optimal value by accommodating year-round
service in passenger, cargo, combi transport, medivac, emergency
response, surveillance and patrol without compromising
state-of-the-art airtanker capabilities."
Multirole can operate out of unprepared strips, conduct steep
approaches when landing, short take off, and deliver an impressive
cruise speed of 667 km/hr.