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.
The Indonesian flag carrier also intends to operate 12 additional Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets through a lease agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital and holds options on 18 more aircraft of the same type.
Garuda Indonesia was represented at the handover ceremony, held at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility, by Captain Agus Wahjudo, executive project manager of Garuda Indonesia.
“The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has already established a reputation for superior economics, outstanding fuel economy and better passenger comfort, which position it as the right airliner for our network expansion and new service to growth markets,” said Emirsyah Satar, president and chief executive officer of Garuda Indonesia. “We are pleased to add it to our fleet and to be the first carrier to introduce the aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region.”
“The Asia-Pacific region represents a key market for Bombardier. Growing hubs and cities in the region, such as in Indonesia, are expected to become gateways for opening new routes in the very near future,” said Torbjorn Karlsson, vice president, Asia-Pacifc sales for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
More than 300 Bombardier CSeries, CRJ and Q-Series commercial aircraft are on order or are currently operating in the Asia-Pacific region. Bombardier forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region, including China, will take delivery of nearly 4,000 aircraft in the 20-to-149-seat category over the next 20 years.
Bombardier has recorded total firm orders for 1,735 CRJ Series regional airliners, with 1,666 delivered as of June 30.
Worldwide, Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 34 million flight hours and 28 million take-off and landing cycles. In addition to airline operations, more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of CRJ Series aircraft.