The Bombardier Q400, or Dash 8, is the fourth generation of a series of turboprop medium-range aircraft. Distinguished by its large T-tail, intended to keep the tail free of prop wash during takeoff, the Q400 is widely used for short-haul flights due to its fuel efficiencies over regional jets.
According to Bombardier, the aircraft breaks even with about one-third of its seats filled, making it particularly cost-efficient on routes with varying passenger numbers.
Last month, Air Canada announced that services operated by Jazz Aviation LP will begin flying under the name Air Canada Express, effective June 1. The first Air Canada Express livery will be featured on the new Bombardier Q400, set to begin service this month.
Operators: Air Canada Express, Flybe, Horizon Air and others
Manufacturer: Bombardier Inc.
First Flight: 1998
Maximum Operating Altitude: 27,000 ft (8,230 m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity: 6,526L
Operating Range: 1,567 miles (2,522 km)
Crew: Four (two pilots, two attendants)
Maximum Cruising Speed: 414 mph (667 km/h)
Engine: 2 PW150A
Height: 8.3 m
Length: 32.81 m
Wingspan: 28.4 m
Wing area: 63.1 m²
Passenger Capacity: 78
Weight (Empty): 37,886 lb (17,185 kg)
Maximum Take-off Weight: 64,500 lb (29,260 kg)
Did You Know? Bombardier has indicated plans to further stretch the Q400 to increase its passenger capacity from 78 to 90, for possible introduction in 2013-2014.