Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Ryukyu Air Commuter Co., Ltd (RAC) of Okinawa, Japan said it has taken delivery and acceptance of the very first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft.
Manufactured at Bombardier´s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the aircraft is one of five ordered by RAC.
A member of the Japan Airlines Group, RAC is the launch customer for this new variant of the Q400 aircraft, which features a cargo-passenger combi configuration, and was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2014.
The Q400 cargo-combi aircraft offers payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment, and is the only commercial turboprop available offering various configurations. In the layout that provides the highest payload capability, the aircraft offers up to 9,000 lb. (4082 Kg) of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet (32 cubic metres) of cargo volume. In this high-cargo version, the aircraft can comfortably accommodate 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch, and 58 at 29-inch seat pitch.
Bombardier is headquartered in MontrÃ©al, Canada.