Bombardier Aerospace has announced that an unidentified customer from the Middle East/Africa region has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 12 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.
The manufacturer announced the deal on the first day of the Singapore Airshow 2014.
Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values a firm order for up to 12 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets at approximately US$563 million.
“A key factor contributing to our customer’s CRJ900 NextGen regional jet selection is the ongoing improvements to the aircraft’s cost efficiency,” said said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Recent enhancements to the aircraft allow it to offer up to 5.5 per cent lower fuel consumption, which positions it far ahead of announced competitive, in-production jets in the same seat class.”
Arcamone added: “We look forward to closing this deal and welcoming yet another customer to the more than 90 that currently operate CRJ Series [jets] around the world in a diverse range of markets.”
In total, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,812 CRJ Series aircraft, including 339 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens.
Worldwide, Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft.
Bombardier CRJs are operating in more than 50 countries on six continents and on average a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world.
CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings, according to Bombardier Aerospace.