Japanese regional airline Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC), which became the launch customer for Bombardier’s Q400 cargo-combi aircraft at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, has become the first carrier to take delivery of the type. RAC had placed orders for five Q400 cargo-combi’s.
Takashi Irei, President, Ryukyu Air Commuter said the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft was the ideal platform for the evolution of RAC’s services. “By operating on routes with high cargo demand and medium to low passenger loads, RAC will benefit from the unique economic potential of the Q400 cargo-combi aircraft,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The Q400 cargo-combi aircraft in its highest payload capability, can carry up to 4082 Kg (9,000 lb) of cargo at the same time having the ability to accommodate 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch or 58 at 29-inch seat pitch. The Q400 family is also available in an optional 86 seat extra-capacity configuration in addition to its standard single single-class configuration.