More Q400 turboprops for ANA
All Nippon Airways, the Japanese airline that became the launch customer for the new Boeing 7E7 in late April, just days later added a firm order for another four 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops, bringing its commitment total to 12 airplanes. The contract signaled ANA’s third follow-on order for the big turboprops, after it signed for its first batch of four in October 2002. ANA’s second order, for two airplanes, came last September, followed by a third–again for two airplanes–in February. ANA expects to assign the airplanes to wholly owned regional subsidiary Air Nippon Network, where they would supplant jets flown by the mainline, allowing for more flight frequency within the company’s domestic route system.