If finalized, the six-aircraft transaction will be the first order for the Bombardier CRJ900 in China. It includes options on an additional five CRJ900...

Bombardier Aerospace announced on October 26 that a Chinese airline, which requested to remain unidentified, has signed a conditional purchase agreement for six CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.

If finalized, the six-aircraft transaction will be the first order for the Bombardier CRJ900 in China and includes options on an additional five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, should the conditional agreement for the six aircraft be converted to a firm order, the contract would be valued at approximately US$264 million. Should all five options also be converted to firm orders, the value of the contract would increase to US$491 million at list price.

“Since the introduction of the original Canadair Regional Jet in 1992, Bombardier’s CRJ Series aircraft have become the best-selling regional aircraft program in history and we look forward to welcoming more operators in China,” says Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer for Bombardier Aerospace. “Bombardier Aerospace is uniquely positioned as the only aircraft manufacturer with three distinct and optimized aircraft families in the 60-to -149-seat market segment. We are well positioned to grow our commercial aircraft business in China.”

The CRJ900 NextGen is Bombardier's second-largest aircraft model in the CRJ-Series family, after the CRJ1000. The CRJ900 and CRJ NextGen can seat up to 90 passengers

More than 80 Bombardier-produced aircraft, including CRJ-Series and Q-Series commercial aircraft, as well as Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, are already operating in China.

“Bombardier predicts that over the next 20 years, China’s fleet of commercial aircraft will grow as it becomes the world’s second-largest market for new aircraft deliveries, following closely behind the United States,” says Andy Solem, vice president, sales, China for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We predict a demand for almost 2,400 commercial aircraft in the 60-to-149-seat segment in China and are working closely with local airlines, suppliers and stakeholders to assist in fleet and infrastructure expansion.”

The manufacturer claims that, like other members of the CRJ-Series family of aircraft, the light weight and advanced aerodynamics of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet combine to deliver improved efficiency and reduced operating costs compared to other aircraft in its class.

According to Bombardier, the combination of a larger winglet and other optimizations since the launch of the CRJ900 give the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet excellent airfield performance and en-route fuel consumption. All CRJ NextGen regional jets feature new interiors with larger overhead luggage bins, larger windows, improved lighting, and redesigned ceiling panels and sidewalls.

Worldwide, CRJ-Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 31 million flight hours and 26 million take-off and landing cycles. In addition to airline operations, more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of CRJ-Series aircraft.

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,708 CRJ-Series aircraft (including 265 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens), with 1,647 CRJ-Series jets (including 252 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens) delivered as of July 31, 2011.