MONTREAL – Bombardier is selling their turboprop program to Viking Air. The Dash-8 Q400 program is sold so Bombardier can focus on core business, according to a statement from Bombardier.
Last year Bombardier already sold the CS-series (now Airbus A220) program to Airbus and is now also selling their last turbo-propellor division to Viking Air for 300 million dollar. The deal is expected to be finished in late 2019 and after that there are just private jets and the CRJ-series left in the aviation portofolio of Bombardier.
Viking Air is an aircraft manufacturer known for the production of the DHC-6 Twin Otter and several seaplanes. The purchase of the Q400 program means an expansion of more than 300% for the small company from British Columbia.
The Bombardier Dash-8 program was launched in the end of the 70’s with the Dash-8-100 and-200 and these aircraft were initially designed for approximately 40 passengers. In the years thereafter the stretched -300 was launched and it was further upgraded until the latest version the Dash-8-Q400. Bombardier sold over 600 Q400’s which is able to carry 78-90 passengers.