Vim Airlines, which is based at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, is IFC’s first lessee for CS300 airliners. As a result, Vim Airlines is in pole position to become Russia’s first airline to operate the Bombardier CSeries family of commercial jets.

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Bombardier and Rostekhnologii have signed a series of preliminary agreements that could see a final assembly line for the Q400 NextGen set up in Russia to produce at least 100 of the turboprop regional airliners for customers there. Rostekhnologii leasing subsidiary Avia Capital Services would buy 50, as would lessor Ilyushin Finance Co.

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Based on the list prices of the Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen and Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the contract at approximately US$297 million.

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Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen, Bombardier Aerospace values Horizon Air’s firm order ‒ which was announced on June 18 at the Paris Air Show 2013 ‒ at approximately US$98 million.

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Bombardier Aerospace has disclosed at the Paris Air Show that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100 jets was placed by Odyssey Airlines, a new airline that intends to operate from London City Airport.

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Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet for its new regional carrier, WestJet Encore. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NextGen turboprops.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co.’s shareholders have approved its conditional purchase agreement with Bombardier Aerospace for CS300 jetliners and the deal is now a firm order. It increases total firm sales of the Bombardier CSeries family to 177 aircraft and Bombardier holds lesser commitments on another 211.

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Bombardier Aerospace has disclosed that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100s was placed by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The firm order, which also included options for an additional six Bombardier CS100 jets, was announced by Bombardier on June 20, 2011.

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RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners in Africa. RwandAir’s Q400 NextGen will join more than 40 Q400s and Q400 NextGens already in service with, or which have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa.

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Porter Airlines has signed a conditional purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners, with options for an additional 18 CS100s. The agreement also includes purchase rights on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The CS100s would be Porter’s first jet aircraft.

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Nordic Aviation Capital A/S has signed a firm order for four Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners. The four aircraft will be operated by airBaltic of Riga in Latvia and will join eight Q400 NextGen regional airliners the airline has ordered directly from Bombardier.

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Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first full powering-on of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight-test aircraft. Additionally, Bombardier says the two most significant wing static tests required for first flight are now complete.

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Both aircraft, which are of the Bombardier CS100 version, are 95 per cent complete and require only installation of minor systems, after which they will enter final function testing. At the unveiling, the manufacturer revealed it had increased the length of the CS300’s fuselage slightly.

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Bombardier Aerospace has introduced an extra-capacity seating option that will allow its new CS300 commercial jet to seat up to 160 passengers. Bombardier has confirmed that Latvia-based airBaltic is a customer for the higher-capacity CS300 version.

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Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 32 Bombardier CS300 jets and has taken options on an additional 10. The order came the same day Transport Canada type-certified the PW1500G engine powering all CSeries jets.

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The order represents a major step in AirBaltic’s strategic move to operate an all-Bombardier fleet. The move will also see the Latvian carrier eventually taking additional Bombardier Q400NextGen turboprop airliners to add to eight already in service.

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An unnamed airline based in the Americas has signed a letter of intent to order 12 Bombardier CS100 airliners and to take options on an additional 18.

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The cockpit and all fuselage sections for the Bombardier CSeries first flight test vehicle (FTV1) have arrived at Bombardier’s final assembly line for the CSeries at Mirabel, Québec, and assembly of FTV1 has begun.

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Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets ordered by PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the aircraft’s launch customer in the Asia-Pacific region. Garuda also intends to operate 12 additional, leased Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets.

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