Air Inuit is to be the launch customer for Bombardier’s Q300 passenger to freighter conversion, which will serve Canada’s Northern Communities.
The converted Q300 will have a large cargo door, a capacity of about 5.6 tonnes and will be designed to accommodate palletised and free load cargo. A supplemental type certificate will be developed under licence by a third party.
Air Inuit vice president and chief operating officer, Christian Busch says: “With its excellent airfield performance – especially on gravel runways – the Q300 aircraft is well adapted for remote operations like those required to support Canada’s resource industries and Northern Communities.”
Busch continues: “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.”
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice president and general manager, customer services, Todd Young says: “The cost-effective Bombardier Q Series aircraft continue to prove their high value with more than 150 operators around the world. The passenger to freighter conversion will offer an outstanding opportunity for additional utilisation of the robust, reliable platform that the Q300 aircraft provides.”