Bombardier Aerospace has announced that an existing, unidentified CS300 customer has placed a firm order for an additional three examples of the type.
The purchase increases the firm orderbook for the Bombardier CSeries family to 201 aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace also has secured options and lesser commitments from CSeries customers for another 244 aircraft. Altogether, 17 customers have ordered or taken commitments on CSeries jets.
Based on the list price of the Bombardier CS300, the manufacturer values the firm order for the three newly ordered jets at approximately US$228 million.
“With its outstanding attributes – including reduced noise and emissions – the CSeries aircraft provides immense opportunities for established, as well as new airlines, to grow and develop new markets,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are therefore thrilled that one of our existing customers is confidently ordering more aircraft and has pushed our firm-order tally beyond the 200th order milestone.”
Arcamone continues: “The CSeries program is quickly generating increased interest from existing and prospective customers as the flight-test program has ramped up with the first two flight-test vehicles, FTV1 and FTV2 well into their flight and ground tests.”
Adds Arcamone: “Additionally, in early February, FTV3 was handed over from our production team to the flight-test team and we anticipate it will start flying soon.”
Arcamone concludes: “As of today, we have more than 10 aircraft in various stages of testing and production, and together with the key components being manufactured at our partner sites for aircraft that follow, the CSeries aircraft program is progressing steadily.”