February 6, 2018 / 8:07 AM / 4 months ago

Bombardier expects strong sales of Q400 turboprops this year - executive

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Canada’s Bombardier expects sales of its Q400 turboprop this year will be “similar or even better” than the 41 firm orders it received last year, its commercial sales head said on Tuesday.

A Bombardier logo is seen at the Bombardier plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The Q400 turboprop has a lower market share than Franco-Italian rival ATR.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales head Colin Bole said he attributed that in part to the Canadian company having been “heavily distracted” by issues with its C Series jet programme in recent years.

“Last year was a very successful year for the Q400,” he told Reuters at the Singapore Airshow. “I expect a similar year or even better year this year. We are building that market share.”

Reporting by Jamie Freed and Tim HepherEditing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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