LONDON — Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Bombardier have announced a fresh order for three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, valued at list prices of $106 million each.

The Q400s will be used to run the seven domestic routes that are in the Bangladeshi airline’s network.

Currently, the carrier operates a fleet of only two Q400s.

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Francois Cognard, VP of Sales in the Asia Pacific region for Bombardier said to be “very pleased that Biman is expanding its Q400 fleet with this order for three new aircraft.”

“The Q400’s mix of turboprop economics and jet-like performance were the best match for Biman’s mix of short and long-range routes,” said Cognard.

Biman flies to 15 international and seven domestic destinations with a fleet of 11 aircraft, composed of four Boeing 737-800s, four 777-300(ER)s, and one 787-8 Dreamliner, which was showcased at the Farnborough International Air Show last July.

The CEO of Biman Bangladesh, Mosaddique Ahmed, noted that “without hesitation, we can say that these aircraft are ideal for our domestic and regional operations.”

“With its outstanding economics, comfort and operational flexibility, the Q400 will allow us to offer high-frequency services within Bangladesh and neighboring countries,” he said.

With the addition of these three turboprops, the average age in the airline’s fleet will continue to drop. At present, Biman boasts a young fleet age of 7.1 years.

This new order is yet another commitment for the successful Q400 program, something that Bombardier will be happy to secure under the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

The CCC is a government-run contracting organization that helps Canadian exporters sell goods and services to foreign governments around the world.

The CCC is active in 78 countries globally, working with 182 Canadian companies, which handles over $1.3 billion worth of contracts overall.