Deutsche Lufthansa AG of Germany has placed a firm order for eight Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.
The transaction involved the exercise of eight previously announced purchase rights, according to Bombardier Aerospace. The manufacturer says that, based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen, the contract is valued at approximately US$317 million.
Altogether, Lufthansa and its regional partners have previously ordered a total of 109 Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets, including 62 CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft, 20 CRJ700 aircraft and 27 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The carriers also operate several Bombardier Q300 and Q400 turboprop regional airliners.
According to Bombardier, Lufthansa will configure the eight newly ordered CRJ900 NextGen regional jets to seat 86 passengers. They will be operated by its Lufthansa Regional division.
“The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is an outstanding airliner with first-class reliability, excellent fuel- efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint,” says Nico Buchholz, senior vice president corporate fleet for Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We are very pleased with the CRJ900 NextGen regional jets currently in Lufthansa Regional’s fleet and we have no hesitation in adding more.”
“In 1992, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to begin service with the original CRJ100 regional jet,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bombardier’s long relationship with Lufthansa, which is known for its technical excellence, has contributed significantly to the ensuing success of the CRJ Series aircraft program. This order further strengthens that relationship, and follows the recent delivery of the 100th CRJ regional jet to the Lufthansa group.”