Cairo-based PAS’ Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen will be the first Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft to operate in Egypt.

Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services (PAS) has placed a firm order for a Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet and has optioned a second.

Cairo-based PAS’ Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen will be the first Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft to operate in Egypt.

Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen, Bombardier values the contract at approximately US$42 million, which could increase to US$85 million if the airline converts its option on a second aircraft to a firm order.

On November 15, 2011, Egypt's Petroleum Air Services announced an order for its first Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, along with an option on a second CRJ900 NextGen

“We require a proven jet aircraft to enhance services to our oil company customers and for our touristic destinations,” says General Gamil Morad Ismail, chairman and managing director of Petroleum Air Services.

“The Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft has the performance we require in our harsh Middle Eastern operating environment; it has a comparatively low fuel burn; and based on our experience with our de Havilland and Bombardier turboprops, it will have the technical reliability we require,” adds Ismail.

“Petroleum Air Services’ selection of the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet is a strong testimonial for the aircraft since the company is well respected and has a rigorous aircraft evaluation process,” says Chet Fuller, senior vice president for sales, marketing and asset management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We look forward to the entry into service of the first CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in Egypt.”

Established in 1982, PAS operates helicopter and fixed-wing charter and air-taxi services, primarily for the petroleum industry. Surplus hours are used by tour operators within Egypt and to international destinations within the region.

The carrier’s current fleet includes four de Havilland Canada Dash 7 turboprops and five Bombardier Q300 turboprops.

According to the manufacturer, the combination of a larger winglet and other optimizations since the launch of the 88-seat Bombardier CRJ900 program give the CRJ900 NextGen excellent airfield performance and reduce its 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.

Including the order from PAS, the CRJ Series family of aircraft has attracted firm orders for 1,709 aircraft (including orders for  266 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens), with 1,647 delivered as of July 31.

CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines. In addition, corporate variants of CRJ Series aircraft are in service with another 30 operators.

The worldwide fleet of CRJ Series aircraft has amassed more than 31 million flight hours and 26 million take-off and landing cycles.