Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has placed a firm order for five Bombardier CS300s and has taken options on 11 more.
The airline’s order firms up a letter of intent from Iraqi Airways that Bombardier Aerospace announced on November 19 during the Dubai Airshow 2013.
Based on the list price for the Bombardier CS300, the manufacturer values Iraqi Airways’ firm order at approximately US$387 million. The value of the order could increase to US$1.26 billion US if Iraqi Airways converts its 11 options to firm orders.
“Following the successful utilization of our six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft over the past few years, the acquisition of the CS300 aircraft will complement our network operations and allow us to expand into new markets,” says Captain Saad Al-Khafaji, chief executive officer and director general of Iraqi Airways.
“The CS300 aircraft’s range, fuel efficiency and comfortable, widebody-like cabin will permit us to respond to growing passenger demand and reach destinations across the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe,” adds Al-Khafaji.
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the all-new Bombardier CSeries family is powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared-turbofan engines.
According to Bombardier Aerospace, the CSeries family will offer a 15 per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage on a typical 500 nautical mile sector, compared with in-production aircraft.
With the extra capacity seating (ECS) option now offered by Bombardier, which increases the CS300’s seating capacity to 160 passengers, the CS300’s productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of 4 per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat, according to the manufacturers.
Bombardier says the CSeries’ clean-sheet design will allow the aircraft to achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (5,463 kilometers).
CSeries jets will be up to 12,000lb (5,443kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft, according to Bombardier Aerospace.
As of December 4, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 419 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 182 CSeries airliners. To date 16 customers and lessees have signed firm orders or other commitments for CSeries aircraft.