Bombardier Aerospace has announced that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified for now, has signed a firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on another 18.
In the past few days, press reports from Indonesia have stated Garuda Indonesia was planning an imminent order for a sizable fleet of Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft to launch new regional routes throughout the huge, 30,000-island nation in the South Pacific.
Based on the list price of the CRJ1000 NextGen, Bombardier values the formally unidentified airline’s firm order at approximately US$297 million, which could increase to approximately US$1.32 billion should all 18 options be exercised.
“The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft continues to perform beyond expectations with its current operators, and we are thrilled to welcome another customer,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving the lowest seat mile cost in its market segment; delivering exceptional reliability; and contributing to more sustainable aviation with its reduced environmental footprint.”
Worldwide, Bombardier CRJ-series regional jets are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 31 million flight hours and 26 million take-offs and landings. In addition to airlines, more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of CRJ-series aircraft.
Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,715 CRJ-series aircraft, with 1,661 delivered as of December 31, 2011.