MIAMI — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Québec-based Air Inuit have teamed up to start a passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion program for the Q300 turboprop aircraft, which includes the installation of a large cargo door.
“The Q300 aircraft has served us well in our passenger, charter and cargo operations in Nunavik and other markets for many years, and we look forward to enhancing our cargo services with three Q300 Large Cargo Door freighters” said Christian Busch, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Air Inuit.
The manufacturer said a “specialized third-party entity” will develop a new Supplemental Type Certificate for the conversion under license. This third party was not disclosed at the time.
The converted Q300 aircraft would have a cargo capacity of 12,500 pounds (5,670 kg) with an “optimized cargo door.” The modification would allow the accommodation of palletized and free load cargo.
Air Inuit relies on the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft fleet to offer passenger, cargo, charter, medical and emergency air transport services across the northern Canadian region of Nunavik and beyond. To date, the airline operates 13 aircraft: two Boeing 737-200Cs, a sole Dash 8 100 and 10 Dash 8 300s.