The first Q300 freighter with a large cargo door (300) installed took to the skies on Nov. 5, completing a test flight above Montreal-Trudeau Airport (YUL), where the aircraft was converted to freighter configuration.
The aircraft was converted at Air Inuit’s YUL hangar in partnership with Collins Aerospace. The ex-Air Inuit aircraft was inducted for conversion in April 2019 and had been targeting completion by the first quarter of 2020.
Air Inuit, a Canadian regional operator, had previously said it intends to convert two more Q300s from its own fleet to the large cargo door configuration. For now, the carrier operates two other Q300s in its regional fleet as package freighters.
Neither Air Inuit nor Collins responded to a request for comment.
Once configured as a freighter, the aircraft will boast a payload of about seven tonnes, similar to an ATR 42 freighter.
As of last month, Cargo Facts tallied 239 freighters in the 3.8 tonne to 8.8 tonne regional freighter fleet. For more on this segment of the freighter fleet, see P 12 of the November issue of Cargo Facts.