Industry talk about the need for a 90-seat turboprop is well known.  Both of the principal OEMs, and Bombardier, have not rushed to develop something new.  As we have heard both say at ISTAT – the business case for developing a new aircraft isn’t there.

Today Bombardier announced their Q400 can now seat 90.  The company estimates the 12 to 14 additional seats deliver ~$8m in extra value to customers.  Further boosting the aircraft,  Bombardier also  announced a 2,000 lb-increase in payload and an escalation of the A-Check and C-Check intervals from 600/6,000 to 800/8,000 flight hours, all available for entry-into-service as early as 2018.

Previously the maximum seating on the Q400 was 86 on Nok Air.

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