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Mexican Navy takes delivery of Q200 Aircraft from Bombardier

Toronto, February 06, 2002

Mexico's Secretaria de Marina recently took delivery of a new Bombardier Q200* turboprop for operation by the Mexican Navy. The Secretaria holds an option on a second Bombardier Q200 aircraft.

The Bombardier Q200 is configured for a 37-passenger interior but the Navy will take advantage of its flexibility and utility by converting it when required for a variety of missions including all-cargo, mixed passenger and cargo and VIP seating.

The superior high-altitude, hot-weather capabilities of the Bombardier Q200 were also a strong factor in its selection by the Secretaria de Marina. The Bombardier Q200 will be based at Mexico City, which is 7,341 feet (2 237 m) above sea level, but will not lose any of its substantial payload capability.

The Navy will also utilize the excellent airfield performance of the Bombardier Q200 to access short runways throughout Mexico.

The Mexican Navy is a long-time de Havilland and Bombardier Aerospace aircraft operator, having had a DHC-5 Buffalo in service for several years. The navy also flies a couple of Bombardier Learjet« aircraft.

A total of 51 Bombardier Q* Series and Dash 8« turboprop aircraft are in service with 13 airlines, corporations and governments in eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Bombardier Q Series aircraft, introduced in 1996, are equipped with the proprietary Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) system that significantly reduces passenger cabin noise and vibration.

The worldwide Bombardier Dash 8 and Q Series fleet totals more than 620 delivered aircraft. The fleet has flown well in excess of 10 million hours and three billion miles while transporting more than 300 million passengers. As a measure of reliability, the economic life of a Bombardier Q Series is approximately 80,000 flight hours or 160,000 flight cycles - more than double the economic life of any competitive aircraft.

Today's Bombardier Q Series product line includes the 37- to 39-seat Q100* and Q200, 50- to 56-seat Q300* and 68- to 78-passenger Q400*. All three turboprop aircraft are suitable for multimission use.

Bombardier Aerospace, a unit of Bombardier Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets. It also offers Bombardier Flexjet« fractional ownership, aircraft charter and management, technical services, aircraft maintenance and pilot training for business, regional airline and military customers.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and service company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It is also a provider of financial services and asset management. The corporation employs 79,000 people in 24 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific and its revenues for its fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2001 totalled $16.1 billion Cdn.


Bombardier's Q Series is a family of turboprop passenger aircraft outstanding by its durability and low noise emissions. These aircraft are also known as de Havilland Dash 8, Dash 8 designation also refers to Q100 model. They operate on regional routes and is enabled for operation at extreme climates such as arctic, tropic or desert. Originally, Dash 8 was the name assigned to this aircraft but in the 1990s Bombardier changed to Q Series to remark it was a quiet aircraft. As of 2005, more than 650 of these aircraft have been sold logging more than 13 million flight hours so far.

Bombardier has developed a family of turboprop aircraft varying the seating capacity from 37- to 70-seat which share a common crew training. Bombardier introduced a new Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) system in the Q Series aircraft for enhanced cabin comfort. The NVS system also lowered the noise emissions to unprecedented levels which were deemed as unattainable in the previous generations of turboprop aircraft.

The Q200 was develop to meet the requirements of airlines needing more power and greater payload but retaining the Q100 size. This critical requirement was met through the PW123 engine rated at 2,150 shp replacing PW120A and PW121 engines used on the Q100. The PW123 engine also powers the larger Q300 aircraft. The Q200 was demonstrated highly suitable operating at high locations and hot climate compared to Q100. In addition to Q100, Q200 can be operated from runaways as short as 800 meters.

Bombardier launched the Q200 project in 1992 and the first aircraft was delivered to an airline in 1995. It retains the maximum takeoff weight compared with Q100, is faster 290-kt versus 270-kt, but the aircraft's maximum range is shorter by 100 nautical miles (180 kilometers). The Q200 flight endurance is 9 and half hours. Optionally, the Q200 can be converted from a passenger aircraft into an all cargo aircraft taking as little as 20 minutes to reconfigure the cabin layout.

On 20 December 1996, LADS Corporation Limited of Adelaide, Australia, selected Dash 8 Series 200B as an airborne platform for revolutionary hydrographic survey of shallow coastal waters. The aircraft was scheduled for entry into service by mid-1998. On 30 January 1997, MBA Pty. Limited of Papua New Guinea placed an order for one Q200 turboprop aircraft and took options on one additional Q200. The firm order aircraft was valued at $12.5 million and was scheduled for delivery in September 1998.

On 8 October 1997, Midroc Aviation placed an order for two Q200s valued at $26 million and took an option on an additional aircraft. Aircraft deliveries were expected to be executed between 1997 and 1998. On 3 April 1998, Qantas placed an order for a Q200 airplane for its subsidiary Sunstate Airlines. On 18 May 1998, Augsburg Airways of Germany placed an order for four Q300 and two Q200 turboprop airplanes worth $78 million. On 17 March 1999, British carrier Jersey European Airways placed an order valued at $250 million for 3 Q200, 4 Q300, 4 Q400 and 4 CRJ200 airplanes.

On 26 March 1999, Piedmont Airlines placed an order for 9 Q200 airplanes. On 15 April 1999, Taiwan-based UNI Airways Corporation placed an order for one Q200 airplane plus another Q200 as option. On 13 September 1999, Surveillance Australia placed an order for two Q200 turboprop aircraft valued at $25 million. On 13 January 2000, Nagasaki Airways placed an order for one Q200 aircraft to be delivered in 2001.

On 22 September 2000, Mexico's Secretaria de Marina of the Mexican Navy ordered a Q200 turboprop aircraft for VIP transportation due for delivery in 2001. On 15 June 2005, Bombardier announced the third order for Q200 Multi-Role Surveillance Aircraft (MRSA) from US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Office. The two other aircraft were ordered in 2003 and 2004.




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7,620 m





Cruise Speed

536 kph

290 kts


10 hours



7.5 m



22.3 m


Max Range

1,713 km

925 nm

Max Weight

16,465 kg


Weight (Empty)

10,483 kg


Number of Engines







4,213 kg



4,300 shp



25.9 m


Powerplant PW100 2


The PW100 family of turboprop engines was developed by Pratt & Whitney Canada to power regional aircraft with a seating capacity between 30 and 70 passengers. The engine family provides output power ranging from 2,000-shp to more than 5,000-shp while outstanding by its operating economics, reliability and durability. Regularly, the service life of this kind of engine extends beyond 12,000 hours on wing.

All the PW100 family member engines share a common core, a two-stage turbine layout and electronic engine control among other features. The engines incorporate the latest technologies developed by Pratt & Whitney for larger passenger aircraft engine programs such as the PW4000. Fuel efficiency is one aspect being improved by P&W Canada on every new PW100 engine. The PW100 engine family has logged more than 80 million operating hours on over 1,900 aircraft.

The PW100 powers the whole ATR 42/72 aircraft family (PW120, PW121, PW121A, PW124B, PW127, PW127E, PW127F) leading the regional market; Bombardier Q100, Q200, Q300 and Q400 family of airplanes (PW120A, PW121, PW123, PW123B, PW123C, PW123D, PW150A); CASA C-295 transport aircraft (PW127G); Canadair CL-215 and CL-415 (PW123AF); Embraer EMB120 (PW118, PW118A, PW118B); Fairchild Dornier 328 (PW119B, PW119C); Fokker 50/50 High Performance (PW125B, PW127B); Ilyushin IL-114 (PW127H); Jetstream Aircraft ATP (PW126, PW126A); and Xian Aircrat Co. MA-60 (PW127J).

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