MIAMI — Nairobi-based Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways is set to receive a brand new dash-8 Q400 from the Bombardier deHavilland Division production facility at Toronto Downsview Airport.
“We are proud of the Q400 aircraft continued success in Africa. Jambojet’s operations illustrate the capabilities and qualities of the Q400 aircraft that make it uniquely suitable for the region,” said Jean- Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 is a valuable asset for owners and operators, and we are confident that IFC and Jambojet will find many more opportunities to mutually benefit from the aircraft’s outstanding economics and performance.”
It’s was seen on a test flight on Monday, May 15th, at Downsview. As with the other aircraft in the Jambojet fleet, it has a unique paint scheme featuring the markings of a native Kenyan animal on the tail, in this case a giraffe. Other tail patterns in the fleet include cheetah, giraffe and zebra (on the 737s).
Jambojet was launched as a low-cost division of Kenya Airways on April 1, 2014. The new Q400 joins three 142-seat Boeing 737-300s that were delivered in March 2014.
The brand new Q400, about to be delivered, will be joined by a second new one later this year, both leased from Moscow-based Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC). This will double Jambojet’s Q400 fleet to four aircraft.
“This agreement for these next generation turboprops signifies a key development in IFC’s international leasing business,” said Alexander Rubtsov, Director General, IFC. “The demand for high-performance turboprops, such as the Q400, continues to expand and we are pleased to enter into this new lease with Jambojet.”
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jambojet, Willem Hondius also remarked over IFC: “We are impressed with the level of professionalism that IFC exhibited throughout the process that led to this first agreement, and delighted to have found a trusted and reliable partner to support our development plans. The Q400 aircraft’s performance has exceeded our expectations on all fronts. With its low operating costs and best-in-class passenger experience, the Q400 turboprop has helped us optimize and expand our operations and is undeniably the backbone of Jambojet’s growth strategy.”
The delivery of the two new Q400s will increase the fleet of Bombardier Q Series turboprops in Africa to over 120 aircraft including about 70 Q400s.