Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana after the airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.
The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.
PassionAir chief executive officer, Edward Annan said this is a first step and the carrier looks forward to expanding its fleet with more Bombardier aircraft.
He added: “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalise on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice president for asset management, David Speirs said the Canadian aircraft manufacturer has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and it continues to be “very active” on the used aircraft market.
He added: “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”