India’s SpiceJet formally solidified its order for up to 50 Bombardier Q400 turboprops On Friday 29 September. This makes it the largest single Dash-8 Q400 order to date.
Spocejet have chosen the Q400’s new 90-seat configuration, meaning they will be the world’s first operator of tye 90-seat turboprop.
SpiceJet signed its initial Order for 25 Q400’s along with rights for an additional 25 aircraft, at the Paris Air Show on June 20th 2017. The original order was for the 86-seat NextGen version of the Q400, which are being flown by Philippine Airlines (in a two-class layout), and Nok Air n Thailand.
Bombardier launched its 90-seat Q400 at the Singapore Airshow in February 2016, but until now there had been no firm orders.
SpiceJet’s fleet, all of which is leased, is made up of 20 Q400s in a 78-seat layout. 15 of them were delivered since 2010, as well as 30 Boeing 737-800’s, 4 Boeing 737-900ERs, along with 2 737-700’s. Spicejet also has 135 737 MAX 8’s, and 20 MAX 10’s on order.