An artist's impression of the Bombardier Q400 example.
Second prototype Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, C-GCLI.
First flights for three new aircraft were recorded in January 1998, the Dornier 328JET, the Boeing 737-600, and the Bombardier DH Dash 8Q Series 400 (shown).
В конструкцию и оборудование Q400 NextGen внесено множество изменений, однако силовая установка доработкам не подвергалась.
Способность Q400 развивать на высоте 6100 м крейсерскую скорость 667 км/ч сделала его самым скоростным региональным турбовинтовым самолетом. На маршрутах протяженностью порядка 600 км Q400 конкурирует с турбореактивными авиалайнерами.
К концу 1980-х годов Dash 8 наряду с ATR 42 стал лидером на рынке региональных самолетов вместимостью до 40 мест. Среди сегодняшних эксплуатантов - "Canadian Airlines" и "Air Canada".
На самолете Dash 8 Series 400 размах крыла увеличен до 28,12 м, а фюзеляж удлинен до 31,60 м для размещения большего количества пассажиров.
More than 500 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s have been ordered. Estonian carrier Air Baltic operates 12 of these aircraft, including YL-BBT (c/n 4438) pictured here at Stockholm-Arlanda.
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 YL- BAX (c/n 4324), pictured climbing from Kiev, is one of the 12 Q400s delivered to Air Baltic between 2010 and 2013.
В авиакомпании "Air Berlin" доминируют реактивные авиалайнеры, однако в ее парке имеются и десять турбовинтовых DHC-8-402Q, конфигурированных для перевозки 76 пассажиров. Максимальная дальность полета DHC-8-402Q составляет 2522 км. Первый самолет для "Air Berlin" сфотографирован до передачи заказчику с канадской регистрацией.
Airberlin operates a fleet of ten Bombardier Q400s including D-ABQD (c/n 4234).
"Jazz Air", образованная в 2002 году, стала одной из крупнейших в мире региональных авиакомпаний. "Jazz Air" выполняет полеты в более чем 80 городов Канады и США. В парке компании доминируют Dash 8 - 21 Q400, 28 Dash 8-300 и 36 Dash 8-100. Самолеты NextGen конфигурированы для перевозки 74 пассажиров.
Six new Bombardier Q400 NextGens were delivered to Jazz Aviation of Halifax, Nova Scotia, between February 15 and March 28, 2013. The airline placed a firm order for 15 Q400s and 15 options on April 30, 2010. Firming up of six of the options was announced at the Farnborough Airshow, Hampshire, in July 2012, resulting in c/ns 4432 to 4437 (C-GGAH, C-GGBF, C-GGCI, C-GGDU, C-GGFJ and C-GGFP) being delivered. They entered service carrying Air Canada Express titles at Lester B Pearson International Airport at Toronto, Ontario, with C-GGBF (seen here) being the first.
Chorus Aviation’s Jazz Air unit will receive up to 23 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s to replace its Dash 8 100s and 300s.
Thirteen Jazz Aviation Dash 8-400s that operate for Air Canada Express such as, C-GGOY (c/n 4365), will be reconfigured as Simplified Package Freighters.
Bombardier DHC-8-402 Q400 C-GZDV (c/n 4474) on approach to Toronto Downsview Airport, Ontario, on September 24, 2014. The first of two for Air Cote d’Ivoire, on delivery it will be airline’s first new aircraft - it currently flies three leased Airbus A319s and an Embraer 170. Its order for a pair of Q400s (plus two options), with a two-class cabin configuration, was announced as a conditional purchase agreement on November 18, 2013 and confirmed on December 18.
Самолет Q400, аэродинамически вылизанный, скоростной, с мощной силовой установкой, отлично продается на мировом рынке. Несмотря на недавнее снижение объема поставок, перспективы авиалайнера самые радужные. На снимке: один из четырех Q400, летавших до 2011 года в авиакомпании "Aires". В настоящее время самолет эксплуатирует "LAN Colombia".
Air Iceland is one of the smaller operators using the Dash 8.
Air Tanzania has received two Bombardier Q400s (5H-TCD, ex-C-FIFG, c/n 4495 and 5H-MWF, ex-C-FHNF, c/n 4492). They were painted at Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing in August 2016 and received custom modifications by SkyService at Toronto before delivery to Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is one of several carriers that have ordered the dual-class Q400, which features seven business class seats with 36in (914mm) pitch.
Bombardier DHC-8-402Q ET-AOE (c/n 4428, ex C-GRUC) is one of approximately five of the regional turboprops operated by ASKY Airlines, based at Lome-Tokoin Airport in Togo. The carrier began services on January 15, 2010, after being formed by Ethiopian Airlines, which holds a 40% stake. The Q400 is seen on October 14, 2013 at Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso, one of 22 destinations served by the company in west and central Africa. ET-AQE was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines on December 10, 2012, and is leased to ASKY.
Despite its take-over by the country’s flag carrier, Austrian arrows is still based at Innsbruck and is proud of its Tyrolean roots. One of the airline's Dash 8-Q400s is pictured climbing out on an early morning flight from Innsbruck, with the surrounding mountains visible in the background. From operating a few services from this provincial airport, the company now flies all over Europe.
Austrian Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 OE-LGF (c/n 4068) at Innsbruck.
Bangladesh's national carrier flies two 74-seater Dash-8s into Cox's, including this one, S2-AGR (c/n 4368). A third aircraft was written off in an accident at Yangon International Airport, Myanmar, in 2019. It will be replaced by one currently being tested in Canada.
Wet-leased Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s are used on short-haul routes with lower traffic densities.
Ethiopian is one of several Dash 8-400 operators in Africa.
Самолет Q400 NextGen планируют строить в России
Flybe, Europe's largest independent regional currently operates a fleet that includes 45 Dash 8 Q400s.
Flybe, Europe's largest independent regional is currently implementing a cost-cutting plan involving schedule streamlining, the removal of seven aircraft from service and job losses in the UK.
A Q400 undergoing maintenance at Flybe's Exeter HQ. The airline’s MRO subsidiary, Flybe Aviation Services, handles not only Flybe’s own fleet but also aircraft from third party operators.
Three former Flybe Bombardier Q400s chart the airline's liveries since 2002.
Flybe is one of the major operators of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.
Flybe was rescued in a UK government deal early in the New Year.
Hopes are pinned on the return of Flybe as a regional carrier
‘Faster than road or rail’ is one of the slogans used by Flybe on its aircraft to help promote the connectivity the airline provides.
Bombardier DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-JECY Spirit of Liberum (c/n 4157, ex C-FLKV), one of the first Flybe jets to be repainted in its new scheme.
The regional firm operated into three London hubs - City, Heathrow and Southend. It also intended to link Newquay Cornwall Airport with Gatwick from May.
Passenger operations restarted at London Southend Airport in 2012.
Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline, operating 189 routes connecting 71 airports in 12 countries.
Flybe was the largest regional carrier in Europe and played an important role in supporting many communities.
UK regional carrier Flybe is one of the Dash 8 Q400’s largest customers; it currently operates 50 examples of the aircraft. Here G-JEDP (c/n 4085) is seen approaching Paris CDG.
Flybe's collapse leaves the UK's regions with significantly reduced connectivity options. While airlines, including Loganair, Eastern Airways and Blue Islands, worked quickly to fill the void, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is placing the country's remaining domestic carriers under additional pressure.
Dash 8 Q400 G-JECY (c/n 4156) is one of 52 examples of the turboprop operated by Flybe, which is divesting most of its regional jets to focus on the type.
The purple on Flybe's aircraft will disappear when the carrier rebrands as Virgin Connect next year.
Q400 G-JECY (c/n 4157) named Spirit of Liberium was the first to be repainted in purple. It'll take three years to rebrand the entire fleet.
The Bombardier Q400 is the backbone of Flybe's fleet. Some 54 examples are in operation with the Exeter-based carrier.
The first former Flybe Dash 8-400 on the ramp at Abbotsford
In 2016 Flybe launched its first routes not touching its home market at all - from Hanover in Germany. The airline sees great opportunity in European markets.
Flybe's Dash 8 Q400 G-JECP (c/n 4136) on finals into Manchester wearing the carrier's latest livery.
Flybe has unveiled a revised livery, in evidence on Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 G-JECP (c/n 4136) at Exeter Airport on September 10, 2018. The new livery is designed to be simpler and more streamlined than the previous purple livery that was only introduced in 2014, and around ten aircraft a year are to be repainted with the colours as they pass through maintenance.
One of its Q400s, G-JEDP (c/n 4085), sported a low cost, but no at any cost’ livery between 2011 and 2014.
"Great China Airlines" (ныне "Uni Airways") - стартовый заказчик Series 400 (заказ включал шесть машин в твердом заказе и шесть - по опциону). Стоимость Q400 в 2010 году - 31 млн долларов (для варианта Q400 NextGen).
Государственная канадская компания "Hydro Quebec" в 2002 году закупила два 72-местных Q400 для челночных полетов из Монреаля в удаленные точки рядом с ГЭС на севере Квебека, часто вообще не имеющие аэродромов. Самолеты эксплуатируются вместе с одним Dash 8-300.
Nok Air Q400NG c/n 4504 C-FJXB, ‘Nok Latte’, (to become HS-DQE), seen on test flight BBA3 at Toronto Downsview Airport on September 23, 2015.
Bombardier DHC-8-402NG Dash-8 HS-DQA (c/n 4455, ex C-GWKW) is the first Q400 NextGen for the Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air. The turboprop airliner was delivered on August 27, 2014, and was noted three days earlier on a test flight from Toronto Downsview Airport, Ontario in Canada. It is the first Q400 produced with high-density seating for 86 passengers. Nok Air's order for two firm and six optional Q400s was announced on November 19, 2013, with options for two pairs of aircraft converted on March 31 and July 16.
Thai carrier, Nok Air, selected a denser 86-seat layout for its aircraft.
Nok Air has received its eighth and last Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NG, HS-DQH (c/n 4530), wearing the airline's colorful livery. The aircraft is seen at Toronto Downsview Airport prior to delivery wearing its Canadian test registration C-FOCW).
The Thai low-cost airline NokAir was the first customer for the 86-seat option, one of several new interior arrangements introduced to the Dash 8 in recent years.
State aid is unavailable to smaller carriers such as Porter Airlines
В 2002 году парк австралийской региональной авиакомпании "Qantaslink" насчитывал пять Dash 8-200 и 29 Q400 (на снимке). В 2011 году компания получила первые NextGen, отличающиеся от предшественников повышенным комфортом для пассажиров.
QantasLink used the type to replace Boeing 737s on a key Australian domestic route in April 2020.
RwandAir has taken delivery of the single Bombardier Q400 NextGen it had on order. Using the Canadian test registration C-GXKR, the aircraft (c/n 4464, which became 9XR-WL) is seen on February 24, 2014 on a test flight at Toronto Downsview Airport, Ontario in Canada. RwandAir signed a purchase agreement for the turboprop on April 22, 2013 and it was delivered at the end of February. It has been fitted with 67 seats in a dual-class configuration, similar to the two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets delivered to the carrier in late 2012. The aircraft will be used for short- and medium-haul domestic and regional routes between African destinations. RwandAir is the 12th operator of the Q400 in Africa; 11 other airlines in nine countries utilise approximately 40 of the airliners.
Ryukyu Air Commuter, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, was the launch customer for Cargo Combi, one of several configuration options introduced on the Q400 in recent years.
The first cargo combi Dash 8 Q400 was delivered to Ryukyu Air Commuter in December 2015.
Bombardier announced on December 9, 1999 that its new Dash 8 Q400 has finally received European JAA approval, with Denmark and Sweden becoming the first European countries to grant type certificates on December 1 and 2 respectively. US FAA approval is expected shortly. First deliveries began later in the month, initially to SAS Commuter, which will be the first carrier to put the type into airline service. One of the first examples for the tri-national Scandinavian carrier is seen here during pre-delivery test flying.
SA Express operates a fleet of nine Q400s including ZS-NMO (c/n 4122) which was the first to enter service in April 2006.
Two different tails illustrating the colours of the defunct Congo Express (near camera) and the current SA Express scheme.
Tyrolean Airways has been a major supporter of Bombardier aircraft over the years. The largest turboprop it operates is the 72-seat Dash 8-Q400, of which ten are in service. This aircraft is pictured departing Innsbruck.
WestJet Encore's Bombardier Q400 NextGens have started flight tests at the manufacturer's facility at Toronto-Downsview Airport, Ontario in Canada. DHC-8-402 C-FHEN (c/n 4441, fleet number 402, seen here) is understood to be the second destined for Encore. C-FOEN (c/n 4440) is likely to become fleet number 401. WestJet firmed an order for 20 Q400s, plus 25 options, on August 1, 2012. The carrier will assign the turboprops to the new WestJet Encore regional division that was due to be running in June. Initially, the subsidiary will serve routes from Fort St John and Nanaimo in British Colombia, as well as from locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Calgary.
WestJet Encore is one of several customers to have opted for a dual-class configuration with both business and economy seats.
748 Air Services has ordered the Simplified Package Freighter options for three Dash 8-400s.
Bombardier is exiting the commercial turboprop business after agreeing to sell the Dash 8 programme.
Французская авиакомпания "Securite Civile" располагает двумя специально доработанными Q400MR. Самолеты ранее использовались для пассажирских перевозок, но теперь переделаны в противопожарные машины, хотя могут использоваться и в качестве транспортных.
Dash 8 Q400-MR (Multi Role) C-GFKW (c/n 4597), to become F-ZBMI, is the second of six new Q400-MRs for the French Department de la Direction de la Securite Civile. This aircraft, in the operator's new livery, was pictured at Toronto Downsview Airport. It will be handed over to MRO specialist Conair for conversion to multimission configuration to undertake fire-fighting, full cargo and combi passenger/cargo work.
All of the maritime surveillance Dash 8s currently in service are based on the Q200 or Q300. Several companies are now offering special versions based on the Q400 for a variety of roles, including the airframe's manufacturer.
A P&WC PW150 for a Bombardier Q400. Pratt & Whitney Canada owns the largest rental pool of engines of any company, having positioned some 850 rental and exchange engines throughout the world.
Много шума на салоне наделали самые тихие лайнеры DASH 8 серии Q
JEA markings on the Dash 8Q 400
Four Bombardier Q400s were operated by Hungary's national airline Malev until the carrier ceased operations in February 2012.
View from the cockpit on approach to Aberdeen.
The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400’s cockpit which, like the ATR, features a Thales-manufactured flight deck.
Обычно салон Q400 вмещает от 70 до 78 пассажиров. Использование светодиодного освещения и иллюминаторов увеличенной площади приближает комфорт салона Q400 к комфорту салонов турбореактивных самолетов.
Bombardier offers a dual-class layout for the Q400 mixing business and economy classes, as seen here in this Ethiopian Airlines aircraft.
Operators can pick from a range of cabin layouts, from an all-economy arrangement to dual-class, extra-capacity and combi.
Turboprop manufacturers like to offer flexibility for operators; here is the rear Cargo Combi interior on the Ryukyu Air Commuter Dash 8 Q400.
The Flight Safety International simulators within the Flybe Training Academy at the airline’s Exeter International Airport in the UK, which also includes a cabin door trainer, 26 purpose-built classrooms and an integrated apprentice workshop.
The G400 will have external fuel tanks mounted on the sides of the fuselage. Brochure figures quote a ferry range of over 3,000 nautical miles.
Saab says the Global 6000 and Q400 had been selected as platforms for the Swordfish Maritime Patrol System because they were well suited to the demands of maritime operations.
SpiceJet will put the Dash 8 Q400’s 90-seat layout into use later this year when it receives its first aircraft.
The manufacturer predicts demand for up to 3,000 new turboprops over the next 20 years.
Linking remote regions with larger hubs is an ideal niche for turboprops, with speed, range and economics key selling points.
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada took over the Dash 8 turboprop programme in 2019, reviving the famous brand name.
DE HAVILLAND Aircraft of Canada (DHC) will be able to offer its Simplified Package Freighter (SPF) cargo conversion for the Dash 8 series of turboprops until the end of July 2021.