Korean Air has signed an agreement to order 10 Bombardier CS300 aircraft with an additional 10 options and 10 purchase rights on CS300 airliners.
The parties signed a letter of intent (LOI) after several months of detailed negotiations. Korean Air becomes the Asian launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries program.
“This is our first CSeries aircraft customer in Asia and signals the aircraft program’s entry into the fast growing Asia-Pacific market,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Korean Air is one of the world’s most prestigious airlines, and we are extremely proud that it has selected the CSeries aircraft to meet its route expansion requirements. Our list of customers continues to grow and now covers the Asian, European and North American markets, a testament to the high value and operating flexibility of the CSeries aircraft program.”
Bombardier and Korean Air made the announcement on June 21 at the Paris Airshow during a gathering at Bombardier’s CSeries pavilion hosted by Gary Scott, alongside Walter Cho, senior vice president of Korean Air, and in the presence of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry Canada.
“The Government of Canada congratulates Bombardier Aerospace on the four CSeries aircraft sales announcements made this month,” says Minister Paradis. “Canadian firms’ ingenuity has been a driving force in our country’s emergence from the global recession. Private sector innovation, such as the CSeries aircraft, is the key to moving our economy forward.”
Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 136 passenger and cargo jet aircraft to 112 cities in 39 countries.
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the CSeries family of aircraft combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond. The CS300 aircraft will enter into service in 2014.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1521G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will (according to Bombardier) offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage over comparabley sized existing aircraft; 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 three-plus-two, widebody-style seating in a single-aisle aircraft.
In addition to the LOI for up to 30 CSeries aircraft announced on June 21, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 113 CSeries aircraft, including 51 CS100 and 62 CS300 aircraft.
Customers that have firm orders for CSeries aircraft include Republic Airways (40 CS300 aircraft), Deutsche Lufthansa AG (30 CS100 aircraft), Lease Corporation International Group (17 CS300 and three CS100 aircraft), Braathens Aviation (five CS100 and five CS300 aircraft), a well-established, unidentified airline (three CS100 aircraft) and a major network carrier (10 CS100 aircraft). The CSeries aircraft program has also booked options for 109 aircraft.