Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that they have delivered the first of three Q400 aircraft to the leasing company Elix Aviation Capital Limited (“Elix”), based in Ireland. The new aircraft is setup in a 78-set configuration which is scheduled for service with Island Air early next year.
“We are delighted to welcom Island Air to the growing family of Q400 aircraft operators and are proud that the airline selected the Q400 as it re-fleets and looks to enhance inter-island connectivity,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Island Air has announced that the first aircraft (N681WP, MSN 4543) will arrive in Hawaii later this month with the second aircraft arriving in Q1 of next year. The third aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in April. These aircraft will be deployed on flights between Honolulu and other Hawaiian cities soon after the first aircraft is delivered.
According to Bombardier, the Q400 has advanced noise reduction and vibration suppression systems to allow passengers to enjoy a smoother and quieter flight experience. The airplane burns 30 percent less fuel and produces lower emissions on short-haul routes, such as the inter-island flights in Hawaii.
Island Air currently operates five ATR 72-200’s and previously operated past versions of the Dash 8 family. The airline offers 238 weekly flights between different Hawaiian islands, serving the islands for more than 35 years.