Nigerian carrier Arik Air has placed the first dual-class Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen configured with three-abreast business-class seating into service in West Africa. Arik Air will use the CRJ1000 NextGen to increase service on its most popular business routes in West Africa.

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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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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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Garuda’s 12 leased CRJ1000 NextGens, plus six ordered directly from Bombardier in February, will result in the airline operating a fleet of 18 of the jets. Should the airline also convert the 18 options it has taken with Bombardier, its fleet of CRJ1000 NextGens would increase to 36.

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Garuda Indonesia was confirmed at the Singapore Airshow on February 15 as the unidentified customer which ordered six Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and placed 18 options in a deal announced on February 10. Garuda also said it would acquire up to 12 more CRJ1000s from a third party.

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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.

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The 75th aircraft, a CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, follows nine other CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, 11 CRJ900s, 35 CRJ200s and 19 Bombardier Q300 turboprops previously delivered to Air Nostrum.

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