On the first day of the Paris Airshow, Bombardier Aerospace has announced that a major network carrier will be the first operator to take delivery of the first CSeries aircraft.
The carrier, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for 10 CS100 aircraft with options on an additional six.
Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order is valued at US$616 million, which could increase to $1.01 billion should all six options be converted to firm orders.
“We are delighted to add yet another major network carrier to our customers for the CSeries aircraft, and to announce this customer will be the first operator in the CSeries aircraft program,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our customer is keenly aware of the competitive advantage that will come with being the very first operator of Bombardier’s all-new, technologically advanced CSeries aircraft.”
Adds Scott: “This firm order is the third one announced this month, and is testament to the growing appeal and momentum for CSeries aircraft.”
Bombardier says the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage over existing comparably sized aircraft, based on a 500-nautical mile sector in a North American operating environment; greatly reduced noise and emissions; and superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical (5,463 km). It will also provide passengers with three-plus-two, widebody-style seating in a single-aisle aircraft.
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the Bombardier CSeries family of aircraft combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements in 2013 and beyond.
The transaction announced today increases firm orders for the CSeries family of aircraft to 113, including 51 CS100 and 62 CS300 aircraft, and raises the number of CSeries aircraft customers to six.
Other customers that have ordered 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), and a well-established, unidentified airline (three CS100 aircraft).
In addition, the CSeries aircraft program includes options for 109 aircraft.