Bombardier Aerospace has disclosed that a previously announced firm order for 10 CS100s was placed by Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The firm order, which also included options for an additional six Bombardier CS100 jets, was announced by Bombardier on June 20, 2011.
According to the manufacturer, Gulf Air selected the Bombardier CSeries aircraft following a detailed and thorough evaluation which included detailed evaluations of other competing aircraft.
Gulf Air conducted the evaluation in accordance with Bahrain Tender Board rules, Bombardier says.
Bombardier Aerospace and Gulf Air have confirmed they are working together to ensure that the CSeries meets the goals of the airline’s ongoing restructuring, in line with its mandate to achieve long-term sustainability.
“Over the past four years, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has tripled its aircraft representation in the Middle East and Africa, and altogether, more than 200 Q-Series turboprops, CRJ Series regional jets and CSeries aircraft are in service with, or have been ordered by, operators in the Middle East and Africa,” says Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“More than 2,600 Q-Series and CRJ Series commercial aircraft have been delivered to operators around the world, covering all continents and operating in diverse and often challenging terrains,” notes Arcamone.
As of March 31, 2013, Bombardier Aerospace had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft, which included firm orders for 145.