Navdeep Bains welcomes SpiceJet’s deal with Bombardier

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TORONTO: Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has welcomed Indian budget airliner SpiceJet’s letter of intent (LoI) with Canada’s aerospace leader Bombardier Inc. to buy up to 50 Q400 turboprop planes.

The order is reportedly worth about US$1.7 billion.

SpiceJet already operates 20 Q400s in its fleet which also includes 35 Boeing 737s. The airline currently operates on average 364 daily flights to 39 domestic and 7 international destinations. While the Q400s being currently operated by SpiceJet are 78-seaters, the new planes will have 86 seats.

With the new planes, SpiceJet aims to “further increase connectivity to smaller towns and cities,’’ according to airline chairman Ajay Singh.

Welcoming the proposed deal with SpiceJet, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said, “This order demonstrates Bombardier’s global leadership in aerospace innovation, which creates well-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians. The Government of Canada is proud to support a leading-edge
company and a key anchor of the country’s worldclass aerospace industry. The company is Canada’s top corporate investor in research and development among Canadian manufacturers.” He said, “This order from an Indian carrier
will position the company (Bombardier) to expand in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.’’

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