Bombardier’s Q400 and Q400 Next Gen aircraft programmes took up to $2.7bn in 2012, including 50 firm orders and 31 options. The manufacturer welcomed seven new customers, operators and leasing companies during the year. “In 2012, the Q400 NextGen aircraft order book grew significantly with orders from first-time customers – WestJet and Eurolot – as well as from repeat customers looking to enhance their fleets with the only turboprop that accommodates more passengers and route possibilities,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 aircraft spread further into secondary markets and, together with the Q400 NextGen aircraft, brought new customers, operators and leasing companies from almost every continent into the Bombardier turboprop family.” In June 2012, the Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft won type approval for operation in Russia and the CIS. Mongolia granted the aircraft certification in May 2012 and a few weeks later, EZnis Airways began operating its first Q400 aircraft showcasing the aircraft’s performance on gravel runways and in cold weather.