Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprop aircraft with PassionAir, a start-up airline from the Republic of Ghana.
The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party and will operate the Q400s in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.
“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, chief executive officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalise on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”
“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, vice-president, sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”
The airline will begin operating flights domestically with plans to expand services to the West African sub-region in the medium term.
David Speirs, vice-president, asset management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said: “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”