Q400NG. Courtesy, Bombardier

LOT Polish Airlines subsidiary EuroLOT announced it will purchase eight Bombardier Q400NG aircraft this year (ATW Daily News, Sept. 27, 2010). It will take delivery of three aircraft in April, one in May, three in July and the last one in August, CEO Mariusz Dabrowski announced Wednesday.

Polish Press Agency PAP reported the carrier also has the option to purchase another 12 aircraft of this type.

"Negotiations for the Q400NG purchase were long and difficult. Selecting the type of aircraft was consulted in conjunction with our largest customer and business partner, LOT Polish Airlines,” Dabrowski told PAP. He said the order will be finalized in the coming days.

Asked about the future of its current ATR fleet, he said that "it is said that next year the ATR [will] disappear from EuroLOT."

Dabrowski did not disclose the purchase price of the aircraft but said they will be leased.

Warsaw-based EuroLOT is 62% state-owned; LOT holds a 38% stake. It operates 14 ATR 42-500/ATR 72-202s and three Embraer E-175s.