Angola – Originally introduced by de Havilland Canada (DHC) in 1984, the Q-Series, is a series of twin-engine, medium-range, turboprop airliners now produced by Bombardier Aerospace. On May 5th 2018 Bombardier announced the purchase of six Q400 aircrafts by African Aero Trading on behalf of a Luanda based consortium Air Connection Express. The total purchase being approximated to US$ 198 million.
Bombardier in a statement congratulated Air Connection Express on the launch of its domestic air travel business. “We are pleased that the Q400 has been selected to support regional air travel in Africa,” Jean-Paul Boutibou, the vice president of sales in the Middle East and Africa said. He added “the Q400 has proven to be a key contributor to the growth of the network in the region, enhancing connectivity on routes that are not economically viable for larger aircraft. Today more than 37 operators are flying the Q series in Africa and we look forward to adding Air Connection Express to the family of Q400 operators.”
The propeller aircraft brings efficiency to routes and will help boost domestic travel in Angola. The comfort the aircraft affords must have been one of the things the consortium considered when prioritising customer satisfaction. The smaller airlines in the consortium will act as feeder airlines to the national carrier TAAG Angola airlines.
The Consortium Air Connection Express is a public private partnership that has brought both private and public airlines to work together with the aim of building stable domestic airline operations in Angola. Air Connection Express brings together Airjet, Bestfly, ENANA, TAAG Angola, SJL, Air 26,Air Guicango, Mavewa and Diexim airlines.
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