An unidentified European customer which is a first-time buyer of Bombardier aircraft has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CS100 jetliners, becoming the...

An unidentified European customer which is a first-time buyer of Bombardier aircraft has placed a firm order for 10 Bombardier CS100 jetliners, becoming the eighth customer for the CSeries family.

Bombardier Aerospace announced the order at the Paris Airshow on June 24 and values the deal at approximately US$628 million based on the list price of the Bombardier CS100.


“This order tops off a very successful Paris Air Show and a strong wave of order activity in June, when we added five new customers,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Bombardier saw order momentum for its CSeries family accelerate in June 2011, when four customers placed firm orders for 33 of the jets and Korean Air signed a letter of intent for up to 30. By late-June 2011, the firm orderbook for the CSeries family stood at 123 aircraft, of which 61 were CS100s and 62 were CS300s

“Low noise and emissions, premium cabin comfort, and excellent performance are all key factors in this customer’s selection of the CS100 aircraft,” says Scott. “This brings to eight the number of customers committed to the CSeries aircraft program − all endorsements of our 100 per cent new, game-changing aircraft’s appeal.”

Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the CSeries family of aircraft ia available for commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond.

Bombardier says that, based on a 500-nautical mile North American operating environment, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage over comparably sized existing aircraft.

According to the manufacturer, the Bombardier CSeries will also offer greatly reduced noise and emissions; as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463 kilometers). It will also provide passengers with widebody-style seating in a single-aisle aircraft.

Other customers that have firm orders for CSeries aircraft include Republic Airways (40 CS300s), Deutsche Lufthansa AG (30 CS100s, for Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines), Lease Corporation International Group (17 CS300s and three CS100s), Braathens Aviation (five CS100 and five CS300 aircraft, all to be operated by sister carrier Malmö Aviation), a well-established, unidentified airline (three CS100s); and a major network carrier (10 CS100s).

Including the order announced  on June 24, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 123 CSeries aircraft, including 61 CS100s and 62 CS300s.

In addition, Korean Air has signed a letter of intent for up to 30 CSeries aircraft and the CSeries program has also booked options for 109 aircraft.