Aires gets Q400s

October 7: Columbian airline Aires has become the first Bombardier Q400 operator in South America with the delivery of four second-hand aircraft.
Founded in 1981, Aires serves 22 domestic and four international destinations and has a fleet of eleven Dash 8/Q200 turboprops, as well as nine Boeing 737NGs.
“The first Dash 8 turboprop was introduced into our fleet in 1994, and Bombardier’s Dash 8-100, Q200 and Q300 aircraft have been very good for us,” said Francisco Mendez, Chief Executive Officer for Aires. “With our requirement for additional seating capacity, we decided that our fleet should remain largely based on Bombardier aircraft with our acquisition of the Q400.”