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Malév signs $226 mln contract to buy aircraft from Bombardier

Hungarian airline Malév signed a contract with Canada’s Bombardier on the delivery of eight Q400 turboprop aircraft with an option for a further four at the Farnborough Air Show on Wednesday.

CEO Peter Leonov said Malév will replace its short-haul fleet with the aircraft, which have a list price of €226 million, including the option. The Canadian Bombardier aircraft will replace four of Malév’s 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft from this year, and from next year it will gradually replace its five 72-seat Fokker 70 aircraft with the Q400s, Leonov said.

The airline will start flying four used Q400s for flights in its 2008-2009 winter timetable, then gradually add four new aircraft, taking delivery of the last one in 2012. It has an option to purchase a further four Q400s in 2013.

Asked by MTI why the first four aircraft are used and not new, Leonov said because their are no new ones on the market. He added that the aircraft will be delivered directly from Bombardier, not through a leasing company. Malév is the 25th airline to fly with the Bombardier Q400s. Bombardier sold 361 aircraft last year. (MTI-Econews)