China’s only specialized regional airline, China Express Airlines, has placed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners.
China Express Airlines has also entered into conditional purchase agreements for five additional Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on eight more CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Based in Guiyang in Guizhou province, China Express Airlines provides regional passenger services with a current fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets and six CRJ900 NextGens.
Last year China Express became the first airline in China to operate the Bombardier CRJ900 regional jet.
Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen, Bombardier Aerospace values the firm order at approximately US$134 million. Should the conditional agreements for five CRJ900 NextGens and options on the additional eight CRJ900 NextGens be converted to firm orders, the value of the contract would increase to US$733 million.
“By 2016, we anticipate that the total number of China Express’ routes will reach approximately 90, three times as many as the number of existing routes, and will cover 60 per cent of China’s regional cities,” said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express. “We are confident that our fleet of Bombardier aircraft will be a very efficient and reliable asset in achieving these objectives.”
“With China’s growing economy, improved support infrastructure and expanding middle-class, regional air travel will be more accessible to Chinese citizens in more regions,” said Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
More than 140 Bombardier-produced aircraft ‒ including CRJ Series and Q-Series commercial aircraft, as well as Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets ‒ are currently operating in Greater China.
As of September 30, 2013, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,779 CRJ Series aircraft, including 306 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens.
Worldwide, CRJ Series regional jets are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world.
CRJ Series jets have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.