TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire) - Bombardier Aerospace today welcomed Eznis Airways LLC to the growing family of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operators. Eznis Airways LLC, the largest private airline in Mongolia, has acquired a previously owned Q400 aircraft and has started service in the country with the fast and fuel-efficient turboprop. Eznis acquired the Q400 aircraft through Nordic Aviation Capital, the Denmark-based leasing company.
Eznis'' acquisition of the Q400 aircraft follows the type acceptance certification that was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia in May, 2012 for operation of the aircraft in the Central Asia nation. The certification in Mongolia preceded the decision in June, 2012 by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) - commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK - to award aircraft type approval to the Q400 turboprop for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
"The Q400 aircraft is leading Bombardier''s expansion across much of Asia and the certification in Mongolia, in addition to the recent type approval in Russia and the CIS nations, are an important part of our strategy," said Rod Sheridan, Vice President, Customer Finance, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, who leads the business unit''s Asset Management Group (AMG). The AMG is dedicated to the management and remarketing of Bombardier''s previously owned commercial aircraft portfolio.
"We're delighted to welcome Eznis Airways as one of five new operators that have ordered or acquired the Q400 aircraft this year, and the first in Mongolia," added Mr. Sheridan.
"We are thrilled to add the Q400 aircraft to our fleet," said Munskhsukh Sukhbaatar, Chief Executive Officer, Eznis Airways. "The powerful yet fuel-efficient turboprop can fly in the most difficult conditions that Mongolia presents - high winds, large swings in temperatures, and high elevation airports."
Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb above the strong summer head winds which blow across Mongolia, and also access the high elevation airports in mountainous regions of the country. Its steep approach capabilities allow the aircraft to quickly descend over the mountains to easily navigate the strong northerly winds found at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in UIaanbaatar, where Eznis is based.
The Q400 aircraft has been certified for gravel runway operations that predominate in rural Mongolia, which enables Eznis to fly mining charter customers directly to mine sites, while the aircraft''s large baggage compartment allows ample storage of mining provisions.
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 460 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops, and delivered aircraft are in service with more than 40 operators in 33 countries, on six continents. These aircraft have transported more than 243 million passengers and have logged more than 3.7 million flight hours and over 4.0 million take-offs and landings.
About Q400 aircraft
The Q400 turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier''s Toronto, Ontario facility, is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft, and the advanced successor to Bombardier''s Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400 aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.
The Q400 airliner was designed to meet the requirements of contemporary regional air transport, characterized by both turboprop and jet missions. Setting new environmental standards, the Q400 aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 per cent fewer emissions on routes where it has replaced similar-capacity, older jets. The Q400 aircraft''s maximum cruise speed of 360 knots lets the aircraft fly on demand-driven interchangeable schedules with jets. However, the Q400 aircraft can slow down to achieve fuel parity with other turboprops on a per-seat basis, while still maintaining both speed and cost advantages.
About Eznis Airways
Eznis Airways is the leading Mongolian private airline with the largest fleet and domestic network offering highest flight frequency on its routes. The airline was established on January 6, 2006 by Newcom Group, one of the largest holding companies of Mongolia. The airline operates domestic scheduled and charter flights to 11 destinations in nine aimags (provinces) of Mongolia and operates international scheduled service to Hailar in China''s Inner Mongolia region and Ulan-Ude in Russian Federation''s Buryat Republic, and charter services to points in China, Russia and Kazakhstan. The airline is planning on expending its international operations in 2012. www.eznisairways.com.
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