Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to order one Bombardier CS300 aircraft and to take an option for another.
With this LOI, Falcon Aviation Services becomes the first customer for the Bombardier CSeries family in the United Arab Emirates.
Based on the list price for the Bombardier CS300, Bombardier Aerospace says a firm order for two CS300s would be valued at approximately US$156.5 million.
Falcon Aviation Services recently became a Bombardier Aerospace customer by placing an order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners on February 10, in a deal announced the day before the Singapore Airshow 2014 began.
Based at Al Bateen Executive Airport, Falcon Aviation Services operates a fleet of corporate jets conducting VIP charter flights, as well as a fleet of helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas industry. The company also conducts search and rescue; aircraft management, maintenance, repair and overhaul; and consulting operations.
“The superb versatility of the CSeries aircraft will allow us to offer a unique aircraft configuration on our CS300 aircraft, specifically catering to business, corporate and elite travelers in the Middle East and connecting to North Africa, Europe and the Far East,” says Captain Mahmoud Ismael, chief operating officer of Falcon Aviation Services.
“We selected the CSeries aircraft because of its excellent range, exceptional economics and its outstanding cabin,” adds Ismael. “All these factors, along with the strength of the Bombardier brand, position the CS300 aircraft exceedingly well for our business development plans versus its competition.”
“Included in our CSeries aircraft family are major network carriers, national carriers, premium airlines serving city-center airports, a low-cost airline, leasing companies, a full-service provider to airline partners, and with the order from Falcon Aviation Services announced today, a corporate-service provider,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared-turbofan engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage over its competitors, Bombardier claims.
The extra capacity seating (ECS) option that Bombardier offers for the CS300 increases its seating capacity to 160 passengers, further improving productivity, according to Bombardier. The ECS option offers airlines an average of 4 per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat, the manufacturer says.
Bombardier also says the new family’s clean-sheet design will allow CSeries jets to achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463 kilometers).
CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000lb (5,443kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft, according to Bombardier.
Including the LOI from Falcon Aviation Services announced on February 26, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 447 CSeries jets, including firm orders for 201 aircraft. To date, 18 customers and operators have placed orders or secured commitments for CSeries jets.