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Fri, 1 January 2016

Okinawas Ryukyu Air Commuter Takes Delivery of Very First Q400 Cargo-Combi Aircraft

Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC) of Okinawa, Japan has taken delivery of the very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft.

Manufactured at Bombardiers facility in Toronto, Canada the aircraft is one of five ordered by RAC.

RAC, a member of Japan Airlines Group, is the launch customer for this new variant of the Q400 aircraft, which features a cargo-passenger combi configuration. The aircraft was first unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014.

We are very excited to be the launch operator for the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft, said Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter. We always aim to offer the highest level of comfort and convenience for our customers and the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft offers the ideal platform for the evolution of our service. Increasing efficient air travel options around Japans Okinawa islands will provide strong economic and leisure advantages.

The Q400 cargo-combi turboprop aircraft offers up to 9,000 lb. (4082 Kg) of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet (32 cubic metres) of cargo volume.

In the high-cargo version, the aircraft can accommodate 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch, and 58 at 29-inch seat pitch.

The Q400 cargo-combi aircrafts Class C cargo compartments are designed to meet the industrys latest regulations.

With the delivery of our first combi aircraft, we are celebrating a standout accomplishment for the Q400 aircraft program, said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Recognized worldwide for its versatility, proven reliability and superior performance, the Q400 aircraft now offers optimum solutions with its single-class, dual-class, extra capacity and combi configurations, and is once again reinventing the modern turboprop market. By operating on routes with high cargo demand and medium to low passenger loads, RAC will benefit from the unique economic potential of the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft.

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